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 »

Raising the Flag to Celebrate Donate Life Month

To commemorate April as Donate Life Month, the sixth floor Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC filled with patient families, hospital staff, donors, and recipients to do one thing: talk about organ donation. Diane Hupp, chief nursing officer, kicked off the ceremony by thanking everyone in attendance including the Hillman Center for Pediatric… Read more »

Our Journey with GM3 – the Rarest of Rare Diseases

Despite the lobby’s mid-morning bustle, Connor Mast slept soundly in his stroller as his mother, Crystal talked, her voice tender but sturdy, “We had felt like our family was finished with Jordan but I got pregnant and Connor came. We were a bit fearful because we knew that the percentage was high to have another… Read more »

A Special Heart and an Extra Chromosome

Ethan’s story started when I was nine weeks pregnant. Ethan was our third baby, so we were excited to add to our growing family.  Our excitement changed rather quickly when the doctor said, “I need to tell you that your baby has something called a cystic hygroma.” He sent us to a specialist at Magee,… Read more »