Newly Drafted NFL Player Gives Back to our Transplant Unit

17133w_Enews_July_FootballAdam Bisnowaty was drafted 200th overall by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Before entering the draft, Adam spent his time training and playing football at the University of Pittsburgh while also studying for a master’s degree in health and fitness. Pitt fans know him as a star on the football field. But they might be surprised to know he is also a star in the eyes of transplant patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he has spent significant time as a volunteer.

The factors that led to Adam becoming a Children’s volunteer were set in motion before he was even born. Adam’s father moved to Pittsburgh at 27 years old in need of a kidney transplant. His father chose Pittsburgh because of UPMC’s reputation as a leader in organ transplantation. Adam became familiar with the transplant process at an early age. He was by his father’s side as he endured a total of four kidney transplants. Adam also credits his dedication to his mother. After working shifts as a nurse, she would return home to take care of her children and help Adam’s father through his recovery.

Aside from focusing his time on his family and helping his father heal, Adam also competed in many sports which led him to accept an offer to play football in his hometown for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

During his time on the University of Pittsburgh football team, Adam participated in many different community service projects. In his senior year, he knew he wanted to do more community service working with kids. Adam was interested in helping others who were facing struggles similar to his father and he understood the impact of volunteering in a hospital because of his mother’s nursing career.

Adam signed up to be a volunteer at Children’s Hospital and after talking with the coordinators, he was placed in the transplant unit to honor his father. Adam made routine visits to our transplant unit, where he spends time playing with kids in the playrooms, playing video games with them, and even being challenged to a few chess matches.

“I wanted to make each patient’s day more enjoyable and brighten their day,” Adam said. “I enjoyed seeing the kids smile.”

Now that Adam has been drafted by the New York Giants, he still wants to help his hometown and has plans to continue bringing smiles to patients at Children’s. As he enters his first NFL training camp this week, we wish Adam the best of luck.

Adam’s support off the football field gives our kids a chance to be kids. You can join Adam in showing your support by donating today.