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World Down Syndrome Day


World Down Syndrome Day was first observed by the United Nations on March 21, 2012.  It has been celebrated on March 21 every year since then.  Why March 21?  Well, it’s all about the genes!  Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes.  Chromosomes are what carry all of our genes. People with Down syndrome inherit one… Read more »

Angels Fund Supports Children’s


The Angels Fund was recently at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to donate $60,000 for families! The Angels Fund was started in 2011 by Dr. Marion Vujevich and his son Dr. Justin Vujevich who were noticing that many of their own patients in their dermatology office were not making follow up visits due to cost…. Read more »

My Visits to the Spina Bifida Clinic at Children’s Hospital


Hi! I’m a happy and healthy 10 year old girl named Amanda. I love to write, dance and ride horses. I am also learning to swim. Oh yes, and I have Spina Bifida. I make regular visits to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and especially to the Spina Bifida Clinic. So, I have lots… Read more »

Mentoring Works!


Mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behaviors like skipping school, and drug or alcohol use. In a national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school… Read more »

Random Acts of Kindness – Down Syndrome Awareness

Emily Pratt, a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, was required to do a senior project for her high school graduation and wanted to support Down Syndrome Awareness, so she decided to create handmade bracelets and sell them to family and friends. The proceeds, which totaled around $1,200, were used to purchase 120… Read more »