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Transplant Patient In Ceremony At Yankee Stadium

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Colby Salerno's parents outside Hartford Hospital, after their son received a heart transplant. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Colby Salerno’s parents outside Hartford Hospital, after their son received a heart transplant. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Three months ago,  24-year-old Colby Salerno was continuing his wait for a heart transplant at Hartford Hospital and writing about his experience online in his blog “Tales from the Tenth Floor.”  Saturday,  he’ll be at Yankee Stadium,  where he will be involved in a ceremony at the Yankees-Red Sox game.

The Cheshire resident underwent heart transplant surgery May 29,  after waiting 166 days for the organ transplant surgery needed to save his life.  He wrote the blog to share his story and to highlight the need for organ transplants.

During Salerno’s hospitalization,  he got a call from Yankees  Manager Joe Girardi,  who asked if the team could do anything for him.  His response was that the team could promote organ donation to fans.

Saturday’s game will be dedicated to organ donation.  He’s taking one of his doctors,  two nurses and another transplant patient with him.

The Yankees say they’ll give organ donor enrollment information to fans entering the stadium,  and will run an announcement encouraging enrollment during the game

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