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If You Have Kids, Be Glad You Have Children's
If You Have Kids, Be Glad You Have Children's

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With the start of the Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids today, we want to highlight a patient from our Heart Institute. Luke Ziegler, started his journey at Children’s at only a few hours old, undergoing a surgical procedure to repair his heart, then requiring open heart surgery at 13 years old. He is still a patient to this day, having appointments twice a year.

Afterwards, Luke found out about Heart Camp, the first camp in the nation dedicated solely to children with heart disease. He attended as a camper for two years, then volunteered as junior counselor and later a senior counselor, and still volunteers at camp till this day. He is looking forward to going back today for the start of camp and celebrating its 25th anniversary!

Luke, now 21 years old, still gives back to Children’s. He is currently a volunteer at the hospital year-round and has given over 250 hours, since he started in September 2013. He is currently helping out one day a week on our cardiology floor and the cardiac intensive care unit. He is taking classes at Pitt and wants to pursue a career in medicine. Learn more about his journey in our blog post today!

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In today's blog post, hear from Heather L. McCauley, ScD, from the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's, on strategies for talking to teens about sexual assault.

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As we celebrate ‪#‎DonateLife‬ Month in April, read about Elias’ journey to Pittsburgh for care at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital.

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Emily, a patient at Children’s, was required to do a senior project for her high school graduation. She 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 children’s books on topics such as colors, numbers, and the alphabet and were donated to our Down Syndrome Center. Thanks, Emily!

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“Allowing children to safely explore and express their hospitalization through creative experiences are some of the moments I love most.”

Hear more from our first art therapist at Children’s, Katie O’Connor, and the experiences she gets to have on a daily basis with our patients and families through art.

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The Child Life Department at Children’s has developed a room that incorporates many interactive elements that give kids the chance to use all of their senses in a room that is both fun and therapeutic. Learn more about our new Sensory Room! 

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Meet Stephanie and Alanna, our Child Life specialists in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital. Learn how they support our patients and families on a daily basis! ‪#‎ChildLifeMonth‬

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Check out our series of eight short videos about managing your child's #asthma. From knowing how to use a spacer correctly, to the difference between “rescue” and “controller” medications, we have the information you need! www.chp.edu/asthmavideos
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Many of us are feeling the effect of winter weather on our skin, which can be especially dry at this time of year. Get some basic advice to help with dry skin this season from Dr. Robin Gehris, chief of Pediatric Dermatology, at Children's.

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More than 100 people from 14 states were reported to have measles in January and the number continues to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of these cases are part of an ongoing, multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated. While 100 people seems small, it is more than we have seen in years. What should you and your family know about measles? Check out our blog post today from experts at Children's Hospital and Children's Community Pediatrics. #measles  
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