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Why I Extra Life?

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I Extra Life because at one point I was a patient at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I was born with polycystic kidney disease. I spent the first three months of my life there. I had many surgeries done there including two kidney transplants.

I owe them my life, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here!

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