Giant cards planned for Mayor O'Connor

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The local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will unveil three giant best-wishes cards for Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor on Wednesday, recognizing his history of helping their cause and his effort to beat central nervous system lymphoma.

The 6-foot-by-12-foot cards will be posted in PPG Plaza and U.S. Steel Plaza from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and at The Coffee Tree Roasters in Squirrel Hill, a favorite mayoral haunt, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be manned by volunteers, and all comers will be welcome to sign and write a message to the mayor.

"He's a larger-than-life guy, and I thought he'd appreciate a larger-than-life gesture," said Maureen Durkin, campaign director for the chapter. She said the cards may later go on tour, visiting Steelers training camp and possibly a Pirates game in search of fan and player signatures.

"At a point in time, we will be presenting these to the mayor. I'm just not sure when," she said.

Mr. O'Connor participated in the society's last two fund-raising walks, and has been a part of many other events it has held. He was diagnosed with brain cancer two weeks ago, and remains hospitalized.

The society counsels leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families and friends, provides financial aid, and raises money for research.


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