70th Annual

Free Care Fund Telethon


We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for your incredible generosity during our Telethon. Your support is truly at the heart of achieving the healthy future every child deserves. Together, we’ve raised a total of $1,959,760 during the 70th Annual KDKA Free Care Fund Telethon!

Your kindness and compassion allow UPMC Children’s to provide excellent care to provide free and uncompensated care to thousands of children and families, regardless of their financial situation.

Giving that Matters

A $25 gift can go a long way in ensuring that every child receives the quality care they deserve. For those who want to make an even bigger impact, consider giving $100 – a generous contribution that can change lives and create brighter, healthier futures.

Become a Hero in Healing by making your gift recurring! Your continued generosity allows us to reach even more families in their time of need.

During telethon, your giving will have double the impact, thanks to a matching gift from our sponsors. Every dollar you contribute will be matched, making your support go even further.

Meet Our Kids

In the summer of 2021, Elizabeth was a typical 9-year-old. The fifth grader’s life took an unexpected turn days after her tenth birthday when she received the devastating diagnosis of leukemia on August 3rd, 2021.

At nine days old, Taytum’s life hung in the balance due to a rare heart condition. From the initial diagnosis, Taytum’s parents formed deep bonds with hospital staff, who became more than caregivers — they became family.

Belle was adopted from China when she was 19 months old. When her parents first met her, they knew she was special, but they didn’t know she had potentially devastating blood disorder called thalassemia.

About Free Care

When our hospital opened its doors in 1890, its mission was to provide care to sick and injured children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. 130 years later, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh maintains this commitment of care for our region’s children thanks to your generous support of the Free Care Fund.

The Free Care Fund helps to cover the cost of free and uncompensated care for every child who needs the expert and compassionate care of UPMC Children’s, but whose family cannot afford it. Parents with a sick child face so many worries — affording their children’s care should not be one of them. Your support ensures it never is.

If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please contact:

Teresa Castillo Donoza

Development Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships