22 Americans die every day waiting for a life-saving organ.
More than 117,000 people are currently on the national organ transplant waitlist, including nearly 8,000 in Pennsylvania.
Despite being home to some of the top transplant centers in the world, only about half of eligible Pittsburgh residents are registered organ donors, which contributes to the shortage of organs in the region.
In December 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed their participation in a White House initiative to reduce the organ waiting list and help more people access organ transplants. In true team fashion, Pittsburgh's other two major sports franchises - the Pirates and the Penguins - quickly embraced the cause and Play It Forward Pittsburgh was born. Our citywide campaign is bringing together the biggest names in Pittsburgh sports, business, entertainment and medicine to get every eligible resident registered as organ donors, raise funds to support the Starzl Center for Pediatric Transplantation Excellence and educate the whole city over the course of one season.Learn More
Everyone, Meet Karen. Karen’s work week was always ordinary: early mornings, emails, chats with coworkers. And then one diagnosis interrupted her routine and changed Karen’s life forever. Karen’s colleague Jessica was diagnosed with Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a disease that causes clusters of cysts to develop in the kidneys—often resulting in the organ’s failure. Jessica Read more about Organ Donor of the Week – October 15[…]
PITTSBURGH’S THREE CHAMPIONSHIP SPORTS TEAMS UNITE WITH THE CITY’S LEADING INSTITUTIONS TO LAUNCH ‘PLAY IT FORWARD PITTSBURGH’– A CITY-WIDE MOVEMENT TO ADVANCE AND TRANSFORM ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANTATION
Steelers part-owners Cindy and Rob Citrone are leading the charge to increase organ donor registration, fund lifesaving research and change policy surrounding organ donation and transplantation nationally, starting in Pittsburgh
The Pirates host a Play It Forward Pittsburgh event at PNC Park as recipients of organ donations attend the game vs. the Cardinals.
The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Play It Forward/Riverhounds Rally Towel!