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St. Barnabas Resident Donnie Hersh to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Date:1/29/2010

53-year-old resident counting down the days until his party

GIBSONIA, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Friday, Feb. 5 is Donnie Hersh Day in Richland Township and at St. Barnabas Nursing Home.  And, although neither the Dallas Cowboys nor the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the Super Bowl, a tailgate party with their colors flying will take place at 2 p.m. in the nursing home's chapel, 5827 Meridian Road.

The festivities are in honor of Donnie Hersh, who is celebrating his 30th anniversary of living in a nursing home.  Donnie moved to St. Barnabas Nursing Home on Feb. 5, 1980 when he was just 23 years old.  He has cerebral palsy, which has left him with no use of his arms or legs, as well as a compromised respiratory system.

Despite his limitations, Donnie, 53, has an outlook that is an inspiration.  Known for his booming laugh and his love of teasing others, Donnie has been talking about his upcoming anniversary for a year and is now counting down the days.  During the tailgate party, the chairman of the Richland Township Board of Supervisors will present a citation proclaiming Feb. 5 as Donnie Hersh Day in Richland Township.  Donnie will also receive a t-shirt decorated with a picture of his favorite actress, Halle Berry, which will be signed by those attending the party.  And, because Donnie loves football so much – especially the Cowboys and Steelers – their colors will decorate the nursing home.

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