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Utah boy to ride in Tournament of Roses Parade

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Dec 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-30 00:17:28-05

SALT LAKE CITY - A local boy will be among the thousands of people descending on Pasadena, Calif., for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, but he won't be just another face in the crowd.

13-year-old Hunter Woodhall is one of two international patient ambassadors for Shriner's Hospital for Children this year.

"They put my name in for a selective process and went through the selective process and I was lucky to be one of the two chosen," Hunter said.

Hunter was born with a lower limb deficiency and doctors had to amputate both of his legs. Shriner's Hospital in Salt Lake City fitted Hunter with artificial legs and taught him how to walk, run and even play competitive sports.

Hunter has spent the last year traveling the country sharing his story, and now he's heading to Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

"First we're going to help decorate the float. I'll have some media events to talk to the media then we'll go on the float and then we'll have the game and then we'll have dinner with some of the higher up people," Hunter said.

Hunter says he's gotten comfortable with public speaking and might pursue it someday, but for now, he's just happy being a kid.

"People are always telling me what I do inspires them to do better at what they do," Hunter said.

Hunter will be riding on the float titled "Helping Kids Live Their Dreams."