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President Jack Silverstein to receive Small Hands Big Heart Award
The National Kidney Foundation is rolling out the red carpet for the 2019 Kidney Gift of Life Gala where they will shine a spotlight on the stars of the evening - the Gift of Life Awardees. Among the Awardees is Jack Silverstein! He will be receiving the Small Hands Big Heart Award. After receiving a life-saving kidney/pancreas transplant in 2002, Jack Silverstein made it his mission to promote organ donation by volunteering his time working with Chronic Kidney Disease patients, transplant recipients and candidates and their families.
He is a co-founder and President of the non-profit Western PA Kidney Support Groups, a self-help organization which will soon be opening their 10th location. He is a member of Team Alleghenies Transplant, whose mission is to broaden awareness of organ and tissue donation through the biennial national Olympic-style Transplant Games of America as well as participating in local events.
Each week will find him volunteering at CORE to educate the community about the importance of organ, tissue and cornea donation and transplantation, along with visiting patients at the transplant centers of both Montefiore Hospital of UPMC and Allegheny General Hospital. As a UNOS Ambassador, he also visits the local dialysis centers to speak with patients undergoing dialysis. He serves as an Independent Consumer Advocate Manager on the Board of Managers with the Fresenius Seamless Care of Erie Valley, which represents and advocates for the rights of Medicare beneficiaries.
Jack was recognized by the National Kidney Foundation at the 2010 Transplant Games in Madison, WI, with the “Making Lives Better” award. He is the recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award and was honored by the Joslin Diabetes Center for living with Type I diabetes for over 50 years. His Western PA Kidney Support Groups was the recipient of the Allegheny County Medical Society’s Benjamin Rush Community Organization in recognition of addressing a community health need, and both Jack and the Western PA Kidney Support Group have been honored by APPRISE (Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program) for their work in assisting Chronic Kidney Disease patients and transplant recipients understand their Medicare and other health insurance benefits in order for them to make informed decisions regarding their healthcare options.