Greg Adametz

Superhero: Greg Adametz

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh means everything to me. As a former patient for 18 years, I spent many hours of continued care over the years and if it were not for Children’s Hospital I would not be here today. Born premature with internal bleeding, Children’s saved my life. As result of the complications at birth, I did end up with cerebral palsy on my left side that required continued care for the next 18 years.

After graduating from college in 1990 and starting my first job at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, I started volunteering at Children’s Hospital in 1992. I wanted to give back and this was the best way I could do it. I have been providing bedside support on the floors, playrooms and participating in the KDKA telethon and WDVE radiothon over the past 30 years.

Over the years, I have crossed paths with many patients, families, and fellow volunteers but there is one person that stands out – Albert Lexie. Albert was from my hometown area “the Mon Valley”. Over the years, we became pretty good buddies. Albert’s dedication of traveling over 30 miles to shine shoes and give back to Children’s in any way he could has inspired me to continue to do what I do today.

For the first few years of the Walk For Children’s, I organized a team in honor of Albert. I named the team “Alberts Army” to helped raise money to support the Free Care Fund.

In closing, I have basically spent 50 years of my life at children’s hospital as a patient, employee and volunteer. I will forever cherish this place. Making a child smile, laugh or rocking a baby to sleep, even if it is a few hours a week; giving them a time of comfort is what volunteering is all about for me.

As I tell most people, you do not know how good you have it until you walk the floors in the NICU, the PICU, Hem/ONC floor or other units or patrol the Emergency Department. You then realize that no matter how bad your day is, there is nothing worse than having a child sick in the hospital and your situation might not be that bad.

It puts things into perspective.

Fortunately, we have Children’s Hospital!

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