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Allegheny General Hospital Rings in National Donate Life Month with Flag Raising Ceremony

Friday, March 29, 2019

Pittsburgh Police Officers Will Raise the Donate Life Flag to Honor the 10th Anniversary of Fallen Officer Paul Sciullo; Parents Max and Sue Sciullo to Honor Son’s Legacy with Moving Tribute

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) will recognize National Donate Life Month by hosting its annual flag raising ceremony on Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m.  The event will feature powerful stories of survival and heroism from organ transplant recipients and the families of organ donors.

At this year’s event, Max and Paul Sciullo will honor the legacy of their son and organ donor, fallen Pittsburgh Police Officer Paul Sciullo on the 10th anniversary of his passing. Pittsburgh Police Officers will join Max and Sue in the honorary flag raising to conclude the event.

The morning will also highlight the powerful stories of organ donor, Elijah Bussotti, from his mother, Joy, as well as Craig Smith, award-winning local volunteer and heart recipient.


  • Duke Rupert,  Chief Operations Officer at AGH
  • Susan Stuart, CEO, Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)
  • Dr. Stephen Bailey, Director of Cardiac Transplantation, AGH
  • Dr. K Suresh Kumar,  Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, Allegheny Health Network
  • Max & Sue Sciullo, parents of Officer Paul Sciullo
  • Joy Krumenacker & family, parents of Elijah Bussotti
  • Craig Smith, heart recipient


  • Sergeant Richard Manning with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office


A flag-raising ceremony to honor those who gave the gift of life and call attention to the significant need for more people to register as organ donors.

Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. - media should plan to arrive at the hospital by 9:45 a.m.

Allegheny General Hospital
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Across the country, more than 110,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplant, and another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every ten minutes. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 8,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving organ and thousands await tissue donation. National Donate Life month is a designated time of year to increase awareness of this need, encourage all to become registered organ donors and pay tribute to those who have given the gift of life.