Families take care of each other, and the family within the University of Pittsburgh is taking care of one of its own.
Four-year-old Daniel George has been battling Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) since birth and is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. Daniel is the son of Pitt Strength and Conditioning Coach Mary Beth George and a match has been found within the Panther family.
Pitt athletic trainer Molly Trott, a co-worker of George’s, has been named as Daniel’s kidney donor after a six-month search.
After 6 months of searching, a kidney transplant match has been identified for Daniel George, 4-year-old son of Strength and Cond. Coach Mary Beth George.
…and it’s closer to home than the George family could have imagined.
— Pitt Athletics (@Pitt_ATHLETICS) November 11, 2021
Daniel will receive the kidney as an early Christmas and birthday present, turning five weeks after accepting his new kidney on December 7.
Trott told Pitt Athletics about her belief in assisting others and supporting the George family with her life-saving match.
“Throughout my entire life, I’ve felt compelled to help others,” Trott said. “When learning more about the George family, and all that Danny has gone through in his life, I felt I needed to try and help in whatever way I could. I am happy to be blessed with the opportunity to help Danny live a fulfilling life.”
The “Daniel Strong” campaign was set in motion in May 2021 and with the help of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), raised over $57,000 for Daniel’s family.
The George family is forever grateful for Trott and is thankful for the support the Pittsburgh community has provided them while expressing excitement for Daniel’s future.
“We are so incredibly lucky that Molly felt inclined to sign up to be a living donor to Daniel,” Mary Beth said. “We can never repay her for her act of love for Daniel and our family. She will always be part of our family.”
To donate to the George family, visit COTAForDanielStrong.com