A look back at the 2010 Rose Parade  |  January 27, 2010

AlloSource was proud to earlier this month once again be involved with the Donate Life Rose Parade float, this year entitled New Life Rises. The float is an annual tribute to the millions of people touched by organ, tissue and blood donation. AlloSource sponsored a float rider from Colorado: Manuel Salazar, a 29-year-old quadruple amputee survivor of a horrific construction site accident, who now thrives thanks to his indomitable spirit and donated allograft tissue.

Several employees accompanied Manuel and his caregiver CoCo to Pasadena. They all were touched by the emotional and inspiring event; a few of their stories:

“What a wonderful experience.  The reception dinner was very emotional.  I had the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the donor families.  The strength and courage they have is truly amazing.  Having them all gathered at a dinner was really something. You could feel the emotions in the air.  Day two we were off to the float decorating.  So many volunteers were working so hard.  The detail of the floragraphs is just amazing.  I had the opportunity to talk with the float designer and when it all came together there was a true sparkle in his eye.  When the completed float was pulled outside into the California sunshine it was magnificent.  Day three was parade day. I was so proud seeing our float coming down Colorado Blvd., being part of something so spectacular is really special.   Then there were all the other floats but none had the meaning and emotion as New Life Rises. After the parade was a reception for the float riders. Manuel is a true hero.   He talked about riding on the float and what a remarkable experience it was.  I feel truly blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful event.” – Jerry Glassman

“The trip to the Rose Bowl Parade was amazing.  Being at the construction site of the float gave me a great feeling of community and camaraderie.  It was wonderful to work with the people who create these floats and see their pride in the project.  When the completed float was finally out in the open air, one could not help but feel proud to even have a small part in the creation of the New Life Rises Float.   Looking at the Floragraphs of the donors was humbling, these seeded pictures brought life to the donors that are AlloSource.  Getting to know Manuel was an opportunity I would not turn away.  His face during most of the proceedings told it all:  we are all connected and we all draw strength from each other.  I am proud to be part of such an environment as the donor community.” – Ros Solis

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