$2 million gift from Steelers part-owner will establish pediatric transplant network

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE | Anya Sostek

This is actor Joe Manganiello, originally from Mt. Lebanon, participating in the Play It Forward Pittsburgh campaign, which is encouraging people to sign up to become organ donors.

When Rob Citrone’s father became ill and needed a new kidney, the family got a crash course in the anguish of the organ donation waitlist.

The experience prompted Mr. Citrone, a hedge fund owner and a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his wife, Cindy, to launch a star-studded public awareness campaign promoting organ donation called Play it Forward Pittsburgh.

That campaign now includes at $2 million gift from the Citrones to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to establish the Starzl Network for Pediatric Transplantation, named for pioneering surgeon Thomas Starzl, who died in March. The network will focus initially on establishing a data sharing network with other high-volume pediatric transplant programs.

“We are honored to support Children’s Hospital and build upon their transformative work in transplantation, giving children the opportunity to live a full life,” said the Citrones in a press release. “With this focus on collaboration, we can make the greatest impact by improving the outcomes for those who will live longest with their donor organ: the children.” Continue reading
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