Patient Family Engagement Program

Whether celebrating a medical milestone, honoring the memory of a child, saying “thank you” to your favorite caregiver, sharing your UPMC Children’s story or advocating for your favorite patient programs, there are many ways you can make a difference, give back, and get involved.

Not sure where to start? Below are some of the ways families are currently engaging. Get inspired below! Reach out to our dedicated Family Engagement Development Coordinator, Lauren McBryde, to start the conversation and see how you and your family can help.

Share Your Story Like Benny

Benny lives with a debilitating skin disorder call hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). This chronic inflammatory condition can be painful and has caused him to spend many nights at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Benny and his mom decided to share his story as well as participate in a photo shoot, and he has been featured in UPMC Children’s social media, the Community Report, as well as solicitations to major donors. Because of his willingness to talk about his experience with Music Therapy, Child Life, and the Medical Team, Benny has been able to make a big impact.

Thank you, Benny.

Every child and family that is cared for by UPMC Children’s has a story to tell. Inspire others by sharing your story today.

Host your own community fundraiser, orfundraise online in celebration of a birthday or milestone, to honor a child or caregiver, or to support an area of the hospital that is meaningful to you. Some families do both! Get started here.

Thank a health care worker at UPMC Children’s who played a starring role in your story. Fill out our online form and we’ll share the praise with them. Download our coloring page and send in a note from your child!

Interested in supporting your doctor, nurses, unit, research project, or hospital where your child received care? Your charitable donation may be directed to a specific division, your favorite patient program or the Children’s Hospital Fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest needs. Every dollar makes a difference!

*We are still experiencing increased infection control measures at the hospital and are only accepting monetary donations to the Child Life Fund for the purchase of new toys. No toys are being accepted.


Check out our list of books that introduce the concept of giving and generosity, as well as empathy and inclusion, that you can add to your child’s book collection.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Lauren McBryde, CCLS, MBA

Development Coordinator of Family Engagement