NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. – One local business is using its sign for a noble purpose: to help save someone’s life by finding a kidney donor.
When Susan Stamford was driving home from the kidney transplant clinic with her husband, the sign on busy Route 30 and Colonial Manor Road in North Huntingdon caught her eye. 9-year-old girl gets ‘miracle’ kidney transplant from her pastor
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“I saw the sign that said ‘advertise your event here’ so I got home and thought I’d call. They usually put funny things on but I’ll see,” Stamford said.
Already familiar with the sign and the local notoriety it’s gained, from fun messages and jokes, Susan thought: why not?
“You just try to be creative in any way,” she said.
Her husband, Larry, is getting ready to start dialysis and is in need of a kidney transplant. She says the clinic encourages you to find a donor on social media, but Susan thought she’d start here first.
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“There are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney and there’s few kidneys so just in general we’re trying to promote kidney donation. But in my husband’s case he needs an O positive kidney,” she explained.
The owners of Mr. Squeegy say they usually put birthday messages or jokes on their sign but they say this time this is as real as it gets.
“People are bombarded with marketing messages even on their drive home from work and we thought why not break that up and cut through and entertain them or in this case here, help somebody,” Chris Juricich said.
The company says they couldn’t say yes fast enough in using the side of Route 30 to recruit an organ donor to help save a life.
“He’s a very active dad and grandfather, but we have 4 grandchildren, so we just want him to be around for a long time and spend time with them,” Stamford said.
“Nothing could be cooler than if they would find a donor through this process, nothing could be more rewarding for us as a small business,” Juricich said.
The message as of Friday afternoon had been up for about 24 hours, and Stamford said she had already received a few phone calls.
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