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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Kicks Off Transplant Camp With Announcement of New State Funding/Support From Sen. Jane Orie


WHO: Sen. Jane Clare Orie, R-Allegheny

Roger A. Oxendale, President and CEO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

George V. Mazariegos, MD, Director of Pediatric Transplantation, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

WHAT: As more than 50 liver and/or intestinal transplant recipients from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh register and prepare to depart for summer camp, Sen. Orie will join Oxendale and Dr. Mazariegos in announcing new state support for Children's cancer, diabetes, heart, sickle cell and transplant summer camps.

Through Sen. Orie's strong support, Children's recently has been allocated $150,000 in state funding for fiscal year 2007 to help offset costs for patients who attend these summer camps. Following the announcement and check presentation, the transplant campers will say goodbye to their parents and board buses bound for Camp Chihopi at Cheat Lake near Morgantown, W.Va.

Camp Chihopi (short for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh) lasts through Monday, Aug. 14. The camp was started in 1995 by the Liver and Intestine Transplant Team at Children's.

WHY: As part of its dedication to family-centered care, Children's offers unique summer camps - held in non-medical settings - to help foster independence. The camps allow Children's patients to share a in a typical summer camp adventure with other children who have had similar medical experiences.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2006

WHERE: Holiday Inn Select - University Center, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland

Editor's Note: Campers and their parents are available for interviews prior to departing. Parking for the media is available in the Holiday Inn parking lot.

Learn more about Children's summer camps for kids with transplants.

Learn more about Children's Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation.

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

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