Support Children and Families by Participating in the Legacy Challenge

From Rachel A. Petrucelli, President, UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation

I have had the privilege of serving at UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation for 20 years. In that time, I have been humbled to see firsthand how philanthropy can ease the medical burdens children and families face here in our community every day.

As the parents of a daughter with complex medical and behavioral health needs, my husband and I have profound empathy for families caring lovingly for children and teens living with similar challenges. While our family has been blessed with access to the care and support our daughter needs to live her life to the fullest, we know many families face unjust barriers to care that are outside of their control. Philanthropy has the power to tear down these barriers and give amazing children, like our own precious daughter, the healthy future they deserve. Planned giving, specifically, empowers the doctors and staff at UPMC Children’s to give future generations of children healing, hope, and the best possible quality of life — and those children deserve nothing less.

My husband and I have included the Foundation in our estate plans to ensure that any impact we can have today does not end when we are gone. I invite you to do the same by participating in the UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Challenge. Giving during the Legacy Challenge will maximize the impact of your generosity to further support the future of children’s health care.

A specified planned gift of any amount, or a percentage of the value of your estate, will support lifesaving care for the precious sons, daughters, grandchildren, and siblings of our neighbors right here in Pittsburgh. Furthermore, when many donors come together to make legacy gifts, we can change more lives than any single person or organization could ever change alone.

Thank you for considering participation in the Legacy Challenge. I hope you will join me in supporting children and families through the power of planned giving, and in enhancing pediatric health care for generations yet to come.


Rachel A. Petrucelli