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AGH honor walk remembers organ donors who gave the gift of life

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LIFE. WALKING THROUGH THE HALLS OF ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL, SURVIVORS AND THOSE WHOSE LOVED ONES LEGACY LIVES ON IN OTHERS. AND I SAID, MARY GRACE, I SAID, I’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET. I SAID, YOU LOOKED UP AND YOU SAID, I DON’T WANT MY SON FORGOTTEN. AND THAT’S WHAT I DO TO COME HERE AND SPEAK TO YOU. MELVIN PROTZMAN RECEIVED A HEART TRANSPLANT, AND YEARS LATER, A KIDNEY. TODAY IS ABOUT GRATITUDE FOR BUCKET LIST MOMENTS BEING I LOVE THE MUSCLE CARS AND. DRAG RACE. I WANTED TO GO TO A BIG, BIG ONE. SO I WENT TO CHARLOTTE, WATCHED THE FOUR WIDE AND I GOT IN A NASCAR CAR AND WENT AROUND THE TRACK 180 MILE AN HOUR. THIS HONOR WALK ALSO APPLAUDS THE DOCTORS AND NURSES AT HGH WHO DO THIS WORK EVERY DAY. THEY SAY MOMENTS LIKE THIS ENCOURAGE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO BECOME AN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR. AS PEOPLE SEE THE INCREDIBLE VALUE THAT COMES WITH IT TO TO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. SO, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GIVE THE GIFT OF ORGAN DONATION, IT’S OFTEN SOMEONE IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY THAT BENEFITS FROM THAT. CATHERINE OR KATIE HOLMES WAS 27 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE SUFFERED FROM SEIZURES LAST NOVEMBER. THAT LED TO A BRAIN BLEED THAT SHE COULD NOT SURVIVE. HER HEART WENT TO A GENTLEMAN AND ONE OF HER KIDNEYS WENT TO ANOTHER GENTLEMAN AND HER OTHER KIDNEY WENT TO A LADY. RACHAEL SAYS HER DAUGHTER’S TISSUE WILL GO ON TO HELP EVEN MORE PEOPLE FOR YEARS INTO THE FUTURE. IT’S NICE TO KNOW THAT KATIE IS BEING REMEMBERED ALONG WITH EVERYBODY ELSE, AND YOU CAN JUST FEEL THE THE CARE AND LOVE FROM EVERYBODY AT ALLEGHENY GENERAL. HONORING SO MANY PEOPLE TODAY AND COR REALLY MAKES IT EASY TO REGISTER TO BECOME AN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR.

AGH honor walk remembers organ donors who gave the gift of life

Walking through the halls of Allegheny General Hospital were both survivors as well as those whose loved ones’ legacy lives on in others. More than 100,000 Americans are waiting for an organ donation to save their life. That’s according to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. April is Donate Life Month, and on Tuesday, Allegheny General on Pittsburgh’s North Side held a very special event to honor those who gave the gift of life. Melvin Protzman received a heart transplant and, years later, a kidney.He told participants Tuesday about the discussion he had with the mother of the person who helped him live: “I said, ‘Mary Grace, I’ll never ever forget.’ You looked up and you said, ‘I don’t want my son forgotten.’ And that’s what I do, to come here and speak to you guys.”This day was about gratitude for bucket list moments. For Protzman, “being that I was into muscle cars and drag race, I wanted to go to the big ones. So I went to Charlotte, North Carolina, and went to the 4Y,” he said. “I got in a NASCAR, went around the track at 180 miles an hour.”This honor walk also applauds the doctors and nurses at AGH who do this work every day.They say moments like this encourage more and more people to sign up to become an organ and tissue donor.Allan Philp Chief, a medical officer at AGH, said, “People come to see the incredible value that comes with it to other people in the community. So when you give the gift of organ donation, it’s often someone in your own community that benefits from that.”Kathryn “Katie” Yomes was 27 years old when she suffered from seizures last November.That led to a brain bleed that she could not survive.”Her heart went to a gentleman, her kidney went to a gentleman, her other kidney went to a lady,” her mother, Rachel Yomes, said.Rachel said her daughter’s tissue will go on to help even more people for years into the future. “It’s nice that Katie’s being remembered, and you can just feel the love and care from everybody at Allegheny General,” she said.CORE has a site that makes it easy to register to become an organ and tissue donor.

Walking through the halls of Allegheny General Hospital were both survivors as well as those whose loved ones’ legacy lives on in others.

More than 100,000 Americans are waiting for an organ donation to save their life. That’s according to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. April is Donate Life Month, and on Tuesday, Allegheny General on Pittsburgh’s North Side held a very special event to honor those who gave the gift of life.

Melvin Protzman received a heart transplant and, years later, a kidney.

He told participants Tuesday about the discussion he had with the mother of the person who helped him live: “I said, ‘Mary Grace, I’ll never ever forget.’ You looked up and you said, ‘I don’t want my son forgotten.’ And that’s what I do, to come here and speak to you guys.”

This day was about gratitude for bucket list moments. For Protzman, “being that I was into muscle cars and drag race, I wanted to go to the big ones. So I went to Charlotte, North Carolina, and went to the 4Y,” he said. “I got in a NASCAR, went around the track at 180 miles an hour.”

This honor walk also applauds the doctors and nurses at AGH who do this work every day.
They say moments like this encourage more and more people to sign up to become an organ and tissue donor.

Allan Philp Chief, a medical officer at AGH, said, “People come to see the incredible value that comes with it to other people in the community. So when you give the gift of organ donation, it’s often someone in your own community that benefits from that.”

Kathryn “Katie” Yomes was 27 years old when she suffered from seizures last November.
That led to a brain bleed that she could not survive.

“Her heart went to a gentleman, her kidney went to a gentleman, her other kidney went to a lady,” her mother, Rachel Yomes, said.

Rachel said her daughter’s tissue will go on to help even more people for years into the future. “It’s nice that Katie’s being remembered, and you can just feel the love and care from everybody at Allegheny General,” she said.

CORE has a site that makes it easy to register to become an organ and tissue donor.

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