Measles Outbreak – What You and Your Family Should Know

With the recent news on the measles outbreaks around the country and cases now confirmed in Allegheny County, many parents are deeply concerned. Measles is a highly contagious virus that is vaccine preventable. We can’t stress enough to make sure your children are vaccinated. What should you and your family know about measles? Measles is… Read more »

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 »