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Organ Donor Awareness Week Brings “Speedy Delivery” to Families At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will celebrate Organ Donor Awareness Week the week of Monday, April 14, 2008, with organ donor education and registration events.

Representatives from Children’s Hospital’s internationally renowned Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation will meet with families and visitors in the hospital cafeteria to share information about organ donation and transplantation, as well as to sign up new organ donors.

They will be available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Monday, April 14; Wednesday, April 16; and Friday, April 18, 2008.

Joining Children’s representatives on Wednesday, April 16, will be Mr. McFeely of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Mr. McFeely will serve as a celebrity witness, signing people’s organ donor cards when they register to become organ donors.

April is National Donate Life Month, which was established by the federal government in 2003. Nationwide, more than 98,000 people are in need of an organ for transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Each day, about 77 people get the organ transplant that gives them a second chance at life, but 17 to 19 others die because they did not receive an organ transplant. More than half the people on the waiting list for a donated organ are racial or ethnic minorities. Chances of getting a transplant increase if donor and recipient share the same racial/ethnic background.

Children’s established the nation’s first pediatric transplant center in 1981 under the guidance of transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD. The hospital has performed more pediatric transplants than any other pediatric center and achieves patient survival rates that are among the highest in the world

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (Mr. McFeely visits)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.   

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
3705 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Editor’s Note:  Media wishing to cover this event should meet inside Children’s Plaza Entrance on DeSoto Street to be escorted to the event.

Last Update
April 23, 2008
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Last Update
April 23, 2008