Our Campaign

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.

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Innovations in Organ Donation and Transplantation

Whether on the football field or in a conference room, Play it Forward Pittsburgh is engaging a broad community of individuals working to save lives through organ donation. In October 2017, Play It Forward Pittsburgh participated in a high-level roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C as part of the Future of Health Summit organized by the Read more about Innovations in Organ Donation and Transplantation[…]

Playing it Forward!

We’re all “Playing It Forward” in Pittsburgh this season! Our Play It Forward Pittsburgh campaign launched in September 2017 and runs through the end of this year. Our goals are to register organ donors, raise awareness about the organ donation shortage, educate about organ transplantation, and fundraise for a new Starzl Network for Pediatric Transplantation Read more about Playing it Forward![…]

Living on Justin Time

In 2008, Joe Lafferty started dialysis just as another season of Woodland Hills High School football was kicking off. He was coaching at the same school where he first played as a teenager, a member of the starting line-up after surviving childhood cancer. His players never noticed his health problems before—they called him “Coach Ha-ha,” Read more about Living on Justin Time[…]

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!


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