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Allegheny General Hospital Celebrates Living Kidney Donors, Recipients

Thursday, May 25, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of Allegheny Health Network, hosts 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. Nearly 20 local kidney transplant living donors and people who received the ultimate gift of life from them or from other, unknown donors will share their experiences and be celebrated at this special luncheon.

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

The event will conclude with the organ donors receiving special pins that recognize their selfless act of giving a kidney to someone in need.
 
WHEN: 
Thursday, May 25, Noon – 2 p.m. 

WHERE: 
Allegheny General Hospital Magovern Conference Center

WHY: 
More than 118,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the U.S., including more than 8,000 people in Pennsylvania, and the majority of those in need require a kidney. For some, the wait could be as long as up to 5 years. But each year, more than 6,000 transplants across the country are made possible by living donors – the family, friends, and even anonymous altruistic individuals who truly give of themselves to help others. 
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