FOOTHILL RANCH, CA., October 03, 2016
10-year-old Joel “Diego” Mercado is the winner of Össur’s second #MyWinningMoment online contest celebrating amputees’ mobility, the global prosthetics innovator announced today.
In his winning video, Diego is shown working out with Marine Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez, flipping a tractor tire that’s taller than he is and outweighs him by several hundred pounds. Diego was born with a congenital condition that resulted in the loss of his left leg and most of the fingers on his left hand. Diego’s entry was selected by an external jury of prosthetics community members from among 10 Finalists who had been featured on Össur’s Facebook page. As a result, Diego and his father will enjoy a four-day, three-night, all-expense-paid trip to attend Össur’s Running & Mobility Clinic presented by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and the 2016 Aspen Medical San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) in Southern California. Hosted by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and located in beautiful La Jolla, the multi-day event also includes the Celebration of Abilities Awards and SDTC itself, one of the most popular and inspiring triathlon events in the U.S.
“We appreciate every single person’s contributions to our online contest, and were inspired by the many personal ‘winning moments’ that people shared with us,” said Jon Sigurdsson, Össur’s President and CEO. “In his entry, Diego reminded us that size is no indicator of ability or heart, and showed how he truly enjoys a life without limitations. We look forward to welcoming him and his father to La Jolla.”
Össur (NASDAQ OMX: OSSR) is a global leader in non-invasive orthopaedics that help people live a life without limitations. Its business is focused on improving people’s mobility through the delivery of innovative technologies within the fields of Prosthetic, Osteoarthritis and Injury Solutions. A recognized “Technology Pioneer,” Össur invests significantly in research and product development—its award-winning designs ensuring a consistently strong position in the market. Successful patient and clinical outcomes are further empowered via Össur’s educational programs and business solutions. Headquartered in Iceland, Össur has major operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with additional distributors worldwide.