Why I Volunteer at Children’s Hospital

I have lived in Pittsburgh for 78 years. When I was eight years old, on a dare, I jumped off the roof of a storage shed in our neighborhood, and ended up in the emergency room at Children’s Hospital to have my head stitched up. My dad bought me a skyscraper ice cream cone at… Read more »

Meeting our Donor Family

Myka Joy Reeder is a thriving 4-year-old girl, thanks to the life-saving liver transplant that she received in January 2017 at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Myka was born with a rare genetic disease, Methylmalonic Acidemia, in which her body is unable to correctly metabolize certain amino acids found in protein.  Her new liver greatly… Read more »

Lysosomal Disorders: Bridging the way to the future of genetic treatments

Lysosomal storage disorders represent a small portion of diseases of inner cell metabolism but are a big influence on new treatment options for genetic disorders. The lysosome is a small bag of enzymes inside each cell that recycles large, complex molecules that help create the specific structures of body (brain, bones, heart, blood vessels, liver,… Read more »

My Heart Journey

When I was just a few weeks old, I was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, an abnormal narrowing or tightening of a valve or blood vessel, and my parents were told that I needed to have heart surgery to correct it. Of course, this is not what any parent wants to hear, but the doctors at… Read more »

National TV Safety Day – Keep Kids Safe

National TV Safety Day is February 2nd, the day before the big game – according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child dies every two weeks from a television or other piece of furniture falling on them and more than 25,000 children are injured. Most of those deaths are to children under the age of… Read more »