Frank Sarris knows quality. He grew his business, Sarris Candies, based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, from the basement of his home to two locations and a 120,000- square-foot production facility. His success, he will tell you, comes from never compromising on quality.
Quality also shaped Frank’s positive experience as a kidney transplant recipient at the Starzl Institute. His transplant was from a living, non-related donor, at a time when most living kidney donors were related to the recipient. Frank was also one of the first patients to benefit from a protocol pioneered at the Starzl Institute that greatly reduces the amount of immunosuppressive (anti-rejection) medication that patients need after receiving a donor organ.
After his transplant, with his quality of life restored, Frank is back at his candy store, making life a little sweeter for others. He and his wife, Athena, decided to support the ongoing clinical research that made his experience possible. They created the Sarris Clinical Endowment — the first of its kind at the Starzl Institute — to support these clinical advances. This new fund will ensure that more improvements in care will bring better outcomes to future generations of patients. And that truly is a very sweet gift.