The South Bronx is Now Home to a Huge Organ Donation Mural

DNA INFO | Eddie Small

PORT MORRIS — When Howard Romanoff was diagnosed with a potentially fatal lung disease in 2007, he knew that his best hope for survival was receiving a double lung transplant.

It took a long and anxiety-wracked four years.

"You’re not really sure what you’re waiting for," said Romanoff, who had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. "Waiting is very frustrating. Waiting is very anxiety driven. Waiting sucks."

Romanoff is good friends with the Zaros, who run the city's famed Zaro's Family Bakery, and his experience trying to get new lungs inspired them to put up a huge mural devoted to organ donors at their South Bronx headquarters.

The mural adorns the bakery's facility at 138 Bruckner Blvd. and includes the simple message "Organ Donation is Beautiful," which doubles as the project's title. Continue reading