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The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) to Host Pep Rally in Support of Team Pittsburgh’s Participation in the Transplant Games of America

WHO: The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) in support of Team Pittsburgh’s participation in the biennial Transplant Games of America taking place from July 11-15, 2014 in Houston, TX.

WHAT: Team Pittsburgh “Pep Rally” Event: More than 25 members of Team Pittsburgh consisting of donor families, transplant recipients and living donors will sign a flag that will travel across the country for more than 40 other participating teams to sign. The flag will return to Houston where it will fly during the opening ceremonies of the Transplant Games.

The Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival event that celebrates organ, tissue and cornea donation. More than 3,000 participants from across the United States will travel to Houston for the five-day event.

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 10:00-11:00 a.m. *Flag signing photo opportunity to take place at 10:45

WHERE: CORE’s Pittsburgh offices (204 Sigma Drive, RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15238)

DETAILS: The pep rally will include remarks from CORE; Colleen Yost, manager of Team Pittsburgh; State Senator Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Butler Counties) and introduction of Team Pittsburgh athletes.

PHOTOS & INTERVIEWS: Flag signing and interview opportunities with Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE and several Team Pittsburgh athletes including Lora Ward Wilson, a living donor from Monroeville, PA; Jim Uhrig, a lung recipient from McMurray, PA and Tracy Minnear, a kidney recipient of Cresson, PA.

EDITORS/REPORTERS: To RSVP your attendance, please contact Elizabeth Bacheson at 412-642-7700 or elizabeth.bacheson@elias-savion.com.

About CORE
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

About the Transplant Games
The Transplant Games of America ® is a biennial event held in the United States to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of individuals whose lives have been affected by eye, organ, and tissue donation. This festival-style event brings athletes, living donors, donor families, as well as members of the amazing medical community involved in transplantation together to promote awareness of the life-changing impact that donation represents today. Teams from virtually every state compete is a variety of sporting and non-sport competitive events to demonstrate how their lives have been changed through the gift of life as a result of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

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