It's an honor to work with UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. This hospital holds a special place in my heart. When I was 3 years old, my brother Sebastian was born 13 weeks premature. He only weighed 2lbs. 2oz. and his chance of survival was slim. He finally came home at 6 months old and weighed only 4 lbs. He was hooked up to oxygen and a feeding tube at all times. Nurses were in our home caring for him every minute of the day and night. UPMC Children's Hospital became a second home to all of us. Sebastian underwent 9 surgeries in the first couple years of life. The care that he received enabled him to not only survive, but thrive.
Today, Sebastian is a healthy 20-year-old. My parents, five siblings, and I are so grateful to UPMC Children's. Being home in Pittsburgh and playing football for Pitt gives me the unique opportunity to spotlight the work of UPMC Children's, specifically the NICU, in saving babies like Sebastian and supporting their families in crisis.