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Allegheny General Hospital Celebrates the Bond Between Living Organ Donors and Recipients

Monday, April 30, 2018

Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of Allegheny Health Network, will  close out National Donate Life Month by hosting its annual Living Donor Pinning Ceremony to honor those individuals who made the selfless choice to give a part of themselves so that others may live.

Mark Brilmyer, a devoted husband and living organ donor, will share his story of becoming a part of an advanced donor program so that his wife would be able to receive her transplant. Mark will join 22 pairs of living donor and recipients as they participate in the official pinning ceremony that symbolizes their lifelong bond.

WHO:

  • More than 20 living donors and recipients
  • Bill Morris, Director of Operations, AGH
  • Bhavna Chopra, MD, AGH Nephrologist, Renal Transplant Program
  • Lorenzo Machado, MD, AGH Transplant Surgeon
  • Susan Stuart, President and CEO, Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)
  • Eileen Pistelli, RN, AGH, Living Donor Advocate
  • Mark Brilmyer, Living Donor
  • Sue Platt, Living Donor

WHEN: 
Monday, April 30 at noon

WHERE: 
Allegheny General Hospital Magovern Conference Center

WHY: 
More than 115,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the U.S., including more than 7,500 people in Pennsylvania. National Donate Life Month, celebrated every April, encourages more Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and recognizes those who have saved lives through donation.