Father, daughter Penguins fans hope for holiday miracle in kidney search |

Father, daughter Penguins fans hope for holiday miracle in kidney search

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Pittsburgh Penguins | Twitter
Ashley Pritchard with her father, David Pritchard, who needs a new kidney.

It worked before.

Ashley Pritchard made a plea to Santa at a Pittsburgh Penguins game, holding a sign saying her dad, David Pritchard, needs a new kidney.

It read, “Dear Santa, please bring my dad a new kidney! Love, Ashley” and included a phone number, 724-321-1490.

A call to that number Friday morning went to voicemail.

The Penguins sent out a picture of Ashley holding the sign with her father at her side on Twitter.

“Penguins fan: Seeking holiday miracle,” the tweet said. “We’ve found a donor before… Can we find another hero to make this fan’s Christmas wish come true?”

A form is available at UPMC to offer to donate. On Twitter, Ashley said her father’s blood type is A-positive.

Earlier this year, Kelly Sowatsky, of Lancaster County, took her search for a kidney to PPG Paints Arena during a game against the Washington Capitals. It worked, and she had surgery in November after Bethel Park native Jeff Lynd saw her sign on the Penguins’ social media accounts and offered one of his.

Sowatsky had been on a transplant list since falling ill in December 2015.

Her new kidney was nicknamed “Sidney the Kidney.”

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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