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Allegheny General Hospital Pays Tribute to National Donor Day by Honoring Powerful Bond between Organ Donors and their Recipients

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Allegheny Health Network’s Transplant Institute Hosts Heartwarming Pinning Ceremony for Local Patients, Families and AGH Caregivers

PITTSBURGH – This Valentine’s Day, February 14, local men and women who share a unique relationship will gather at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) to share their stories of generosity, courage and the life-saving power of organ donation. AGH’s annual National Donor Day luncheon and pinning ceremony will take place at noon in the hospital’s Magovern Conference Center.

“This ceremony is always an extremely important and moving experience for our patients and our caregivers. The pin, although small, is truly a grand symbol for the indelible bond between organ donors and their recipients,” said Ngoc Thai, MD, Ph.D. Chair of Surgery Institute for AHN. “Although April is synonymous with National Donate Life month, our team works extensively throughout the year to pay tribute to those who have given the gift of life, and to drive greater awareness about organ donation and transplantation.”

The AHN Transplant Institute is a nationally-recognized program that has provided patients with high-quality, innovative and compassionate care for decades.

Patient Stories
Thursday’s ceremony will feature heartwarming stories of organ donors and recipients who were cared for at the AHN Transplant Institute, including Danielle Bryant and D.J. Fabri of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

“D.J. has been my closest friend for more than 20 years. When I was little, he was closer to my cousin but I was like their little sister,” said Bryant. “When he was diagnosed with a deteriorating kidney disease, I wanted to do whatever I could to help. I was a perfect match and donated my kidney to him in August 2018.”

Fabri suffered from a complex condition called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), which is a leading cause of kidney failure in adults. At 36-years-old, Fabri now has a new lease on life.

“Last year was a good one for me. Not only did I have a life-saving transplant at AGH, but I welcomed my son into the world just two weeks after my surgery,” Fabri said.

National Donor Day
The pinning ceremony will also include perspectives on organ donation from the AHN Transplant Institute team and representatives of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE). The focus is building greater public understanding about the gift of organ donation and the life-changing benefits of transplantation.

According to CORE, every year 11,000 people die who are considered medically suitable for organ, tissue and cornea donation, yet only a fraction become donors. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 7,500 people are currently awaiting organ transplants.

For more information on AHN’s Transplant Institute or to learn more about organ donation, visit