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'I'm lucky to be alive'

Although Luis Salazar lost an eye, he remains focused on his second chance at life

Originally Published: April 28, 2011
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN.com

When he was young, Luis Salazar's parents often couldn't see him.

Growing up in the small coastal town of Lecheria, Venezuela, Salazar would hurry home from school each afternoon, disappearing through the door and into the house. Hearing his footsteps, his mother would yell out for her son to start his homework. Instead, Salazar would slip outside, escaping down the street to find the nearest ballgame.

"My family would be looking for me and they said, 'Where's Luis?'" ...

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