Pittsburgh native, Kenneth Gedzinsky, who passed away in 2015, left $1.6 million in his estate to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
As part of the gift, $1 million has been designated to fund the Pastoral Care Department at Children’s Hospital, which ministers to the spiritual and religious life of patients, families and staff. The additional $600,000 is designated for the music therapy program.
In recognition of the gift, a kneeler has been installed in the chapel with accompanying artwork comprised of heart-shaped stones provided by Maggie Horgan. Maggie lost her son, Neil, to Ewing’s sarcoma in 2001. During a trip to California to finish writing her book, Maggie found a heart-shaped stone one night, which she viewed as a message of love from Neil. Maggie coined this as a heartifact, and while speaking to families about dealing with grief, people began to send her heart-shaped stones that she collected.
Mr. Gedzinsky grew up in Pittsburgh, and spent his career as the chief of security at NYU before returning to Pittsburgh once he retired. Present at the dedication were Dennis Majewski and Joe Kosko, Ken’s Cousins who have worked closely with Children’s Hospital in making the donation possible.
To learn more, please visit www.givetochildrens.org.