Mother and daughter share special bond

Life experience has a way of shaping us all in unique ways. For me, one of those experiences involves my heart. I was diagnosed at about a year old with an atrial septal defect (ASD), a congenital heart defect. In layman’s terms, I was born with a hole in my heart. Doctors consistently monitored my… Read more »

Walking for Elijah

I am walking for my son, Elijah. Elijah is a very happy and energetic 2 1/2 year old toddler. He is so full of love and pure joy. Elijah has been on his medical journey with Children’s Hospital since he was 2 days old. Elijah was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC when… Read more »

Melanoma: What Parents Need to Know

Did you know that May is Melanoma Awareness Month? Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and if left untreated can lead to death.  If caught in its early stages, though, there are multiple treatments that can improve outcomes. Many people think that only adults get melanoma, but in fact melanomas also occur… Read more »

Walking for Bryson and His Journey  

We don’t just walk to get exercise, or take pictures for social media, or to tell our friends we completed a 5K, but we walk every year to support Bryson’s journey, and all the heroes who have kept him alive and well. Even though he doesn’t know it yet, we walk for him. We walk… Read more »

Lending Hearts UP Street Program Supports Pediatric Oncology Program

When Vasso Paliouras’ baby sister was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2004 on the day after her 17th birthday, Vasso began a lifelong journey. At her sister’s side during treatment and eventually remission, she couldn’t help but think of other patients’ support systems, thoughts, lives, and feelings. She wanted to “lend her heart”… Read more »