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AxoGen's Avance® Nerve Graft Recipient to Ride in 2014 Rose Parade aboard Donate Life’s ‘Light Up the World’ Float on New Year’s Day
Date:12/30/2013

Alachua, FL (PRWEB) December 30, 2013

AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leading regenerative medicine company focused on the development and commercialization of products and technologies for peripheral nerve reconstruction and regeneration, today announced that Navy Corpsman Edward Bonfiglio, a patient who received limb sparing surgery utilizing AxoGen’s Avance® Nerve Graft, will ride in the 2014 Rose Parade aboard the 11th annual Donate Life’s “Light Up the World” float in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day.

Mr. Bonfiglio joins 29 riders on the float, all of who whom are tissue, organ, or cornea transplant recipients. Each rider was selected by an organization for their courage, service and advocacy regarding life-saving transplants they received from generous donors. In July, Mr. Bonfiglio was selected by the American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) to represent tissue recipients on the Donate Life float.

Tissue donation was essential in helping Mr. Bonfiglio recover from an injury sustained during military assignment in Afghanistan. During a routine foot patrol, Mr. Bonfiglio’s unit was ambushed and he was shot in his left leg. Due to injury to his sciatic nerve, he lost all function and feeling below his knee. Upon Bonfiglio’s return to the U.S., surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. presented him with surgical repair options that included amputation of his left leg or, as he and his family elected, repair of the severed peripheral nerve with Avance® Nerve Graft, a processed nerve allograft, with the goal of allowing him to keep his own leg and restore function. Lt. Commander Patrick Ba
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