BLOOD DRIVE HELD IN HONOR OF OWNER OF FRESNO PIZZA PARLOR

ABC 30  | Corin Hoggard

Jose David Salinas has been serving up pizzas for years but, lately, has been seriously sick. (KFSN)
A Fresno pizza shop owner is the inspiration behind a blood drive that could save several lives this weekend.

Jose David Salinas is best known for spinning dough and slinging pizzas, all the way up to the Fast Eddie's Pizza favorite -- the 28-inch Big Ed.

"He's a very down-to-earth guy," blood donor Courtney Salinas said. "He's the type to always give his shirt off his back for somebody. He always helps the homeless people who are out there."

But, right now, Jose can't even eat pizza and he may soon be the one in need. His kidney function is down to about 18 percent so he has to avoid salt and dairy, and he'll probably need an organ transplant before long. Life for him has started to pass by pretty fast.

"A lot of changes," David Salinas with the shop said. "Changes your way of eating, the way I look at life. It's just, it catches you by surprise." Continue reading

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