Local organ recipient speaks at ceremony in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – On May 18, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education honored the families of all organ, tissue and cornea donors who have saved or improved the lives of transplant recipients during its annual memorial ceremony, “A Special Place.”

Relatives and friends of 2013 donors gathered for the event at CORE’s Pittsburgh headquarters at RIDC Park, 204 Sigma Drive.

The ceremony featured several speakers, including Dalton Igoe, a 17-year-old from Altoona, who spoke about receiving a new heart and a second chance at life in 2012.

May 18 marked the second anniversary of receiving his new heart and a second chance at life.

A junior at Altoona Area High School, Dalton also volunteers for CORE and with his local EMS as a first responder.

He is passionate about organ donation awareness and committed to helping others understand its importance.

The ceremony also included a dove and balloon release, along with a re-dedication of the “Special Place” wall, a granite wall surrounding a park-like setting at CORE’s headquarters that commemorates donors.