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AlloSource Sponsors Heroic Quadruple Amputee as Rider Aboard 2010 Donate Life Rose Parade Float
Date:12/2/2009

an sustain a lightweight, highly functional prosthetic arm that allows Salazar to feed himself, brush his teeth and even scratch his head - many simple things that he could not accomplish before.

Despite his ongoing physical challenges, Salazar insists that he is the same person he was before the accident. In fact, his stubbies (short prosthetic legs that allow him to walk in a shuffling motion) and wheelchair have hardly held him back: Salazar snow skis, water-skis, swims and wants to go skydiving. He also opened an auto body shop called Progressive Auto Works in Colorado and employs a team of people.

"Manuel Salazar is truly a hero for persevering through unimaginable circumstances in recovering from his accident and as a quadruple amputee. He completely embodies the miracle and possibility of tissue donation. All of us at AlloSource are very proud to share his story with the entire country," said Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource President and CEO. "I look forward to seeing him aboard the Donate Life float, which has become a grand tradition honoring organ and tissue donation."

The 2010 Donate Life Rose Parade float is themed "New Life Rises," and features a phoenix, the mythical symbol of life coming out of the ashes of death and rising from a bed of flames into the sky. The Donate Life phoenix represents those who give life in their passing and the people whose lives are renewed through transplantation. The bird soars high above the riders who are seated along a replica of the National Donor Memorial's Wall of Names at the headquarters of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in Richmond, Va. Adorning the bird's tail feathers are dozens of floragraphs -- portraits created with floral materials -- of deceased donors who gave life to those in need. In addition, donors across the country will be memorialized in a garden of roses dedicated through the Donate Life Family Circle program, with each rose vial carrying a personal message
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