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Transplant Patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Get a Boost From Steelers Linemen During Organ Donor Awareness Week


WHO: Max Starks and Barrett Brooks, two offensive linemen for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will visit patients on the transplant unit at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

WHAT: The Steelers players are helping to raise the spirits of transplant patients and their families during Organ Donor Awareness Week. The players will visit patients at bedside, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

WHY: April 25-29, 2005, is Organ Donor Awareness week and April is National Donate Life Month. Children's is involved in a variety of events, including the Steelers visit, to raise awareness about critical shortage of organs available for transplant. There currently are more than 88,000 people in the United States waiting for an organ transplant, including more than 700 children younger than age 5. An average of 18 people on the transplant list die per day, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Children's is the largest and busiest pediatric transplant center in the world, having performed more pediatric transplants than any other center and achieving survival rates that are among the highest in the world. Children's is pioneering new immunosuppression protocols for young transplant recipients that are leading to even greater transplant successes, improving survival rates and preventing rejection.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 2005, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

Editor's Note: Media are invited to follow the Steelers players as they visit patients at bedside. Parking for the event is available.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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