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Transplant Recipient to Honor UPMC at Veteran’s Day Event

WHAT: Veteran’s Day event to honor UPMC staff members who have served in the military along with a presentation by a grateful transplant patient who will present the hospital with a U.S. flag flown over Afghanistan, where the recipient’s son is serving in the military.

WHO: UPMC veterans, Oakland Catholic Chamber singers, nurses and staff from UPMC and invited guests

WHEN: 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

WHERE: Biomedical Science Tower Lobby, first floor, 200 Lothrop Street, Oakland

WHY:  The Reverend Leon and Barbara Blaise, from Moundsville, W.Va., will present an American flag that was flown over Afghanistan by their son Johnathan, a Black Hawk helicopter operator in the U.S. Army. The Rev. Blaise received a liver transplant in January of 2011, and he will present the flag and corresponding certificate to the nurses and staff who were responsible for his care.

In addition, to honor veterans throughout the UPMC system, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital will host a program to celebrate Veteran’s Day with a choral performance by the Oakland Catholic Chamber singers and a presentation by Staff Sergeant Daniel Kulenich, a U.S. Army veteran and Department of Veterans Affairs employee.

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