Give a heart (or a kidney, or liver, or lung…)

hearts.jpgPeople like to hijack months, and there aren’t enough of them to go around. So April, for example, is National Poetry Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, and National Pecan Month, just for starters. It is also Donate Life Month.

To celebrate the fun and footloose world of organ donation, UPMC is hosting a week of tissue donor awareness events. Local celebrities will sign organ donor cards for the media. There’ll be a transplant parade on Wednesday — oh, I mean transplant patient parade. In UPMC Presbytarian. So I suppose there won’t be marching bands or elephants.

There are almost 100,000 people waiting for organ transplants — serious business, far more serious than this. If you haven’t yet signed a donor card, think about doing it this month, because April is Donate Life Month, after all. While you’re at it, have a pecan.

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