Good morning!

It’s a beautiful morning isn’t it?  Are you enjoying your day so far?  Had your coffee, maybe a delicious pumpkin spice latte?  Breathed in some fresh air? Took a walk? Gone 30 minutes without worrying if your hair is falling out, wondering how many needles you’re getting stuck with today, wondering how many doctors and nurses you’ll be seeing today, wondering if Mom and Dad are secretly worried and just aren’t telling you, wondering what the doctors say when they leave the room, wondering if you’ll die or if you might get to graduate high school and just live your life like you were born to do.

Oh, you didn’t do all that?

Is it because you’re not currently a child in a hospital bed in Children’s Hospital?

Maybe you should go vote since we’ve slipped to third place and if you think this post is sappy wait until you see the dripping, weeping sap I pull out of the giant Reserves of Weepiness if we lose this contest and I end up trying to raise the $10k myself.  I will be relentless. I will use words like melancholy, languishing, woebegone, disconsolate, and “GIVE ME MONEY OR I’LL MAKE YOU LOOK AT SCARY PICTURES OF LADY GAGA!”

Nobody wants that.

More later, but for now, please vote.


  1. Scott R Priester
    September 15, 2009 9:22 am

    You got ten votes from me.

  2. Scott
    September 15, 2009 9:23 am

    My 10 votes are in, Jane.

  3. Noelle
    September 15, 2009 9:24 am

    10 in. How sad for Blue Hill Hospital in Maine, they have only 14 votes.

  4. aDerek
    September 15, 2009 9:26 am

    it’s been saved to favorites and I have been voting religously every day, but, um… i kinda wanna see the Gaga pictures anyway…

  5. cheld
    September 15, 2009 9:26 am

    just voted my 10 votes for the day………

  6. cathy
    September 15, 2009 9:31 am

    Voting Daily….

    3rd Place!!! Not in the city of Champions!!! Well except the pirates………..

  7. John
    September 15, 2009 9:34 am

    10 in. Mississippi is killing us though. Start planning your fundraiser :(

  8. Tinare
    September 15, 2009 9:36 am

    Where did Mississippi come from???

  9. Leah
    September 15, 2009 9:38 am

    Just voted my 10 for the day! Go Pittsburgh!

  10. Alice Cooper in Wayne's World
    September 15, 2009 9:44 am

    10. Tinare — It takes its name from the Mississippi River, which is derived from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi, meaning Great River.

  11. Leslie
    September 15, 2009 9:50 am

    10 from me.

  12. Sonya
    September 15, 2009 9:55 am

    They stopped sending email reminders!

  13. bucdaddy
    September 15, 2009 9:59 am

    No, please, not Lady Gaga. Anything but Lady Gaga …

  14. Sean
    September 15, 2009 10:00 am

    I chipped in my 10.

  15. Tracy in SC
    September 15, 2009 10:02 am

    10 from the SC contingent.

  16. red pen mama
    September 15, 2009 10:11 am

    wait, there are non-scary photos of Lady Gaga?

    voting, as per usual.


  17. Jagoff
    September 15, 2009 10:12 am

    You got mine. You should just have a daily post to remind people. I have what some might call a bad memory.

  18. Tiffany
    September 15, 2009 10:14 am

    Powerful post…. I freakin’ love your writing.

    I voted.. and am doing my best to encourage more participation. I’ll send out another email to my addressbook…

    Anything to help the kids…..

    As for UPMC….They’re another story. I can’t get into that though.

    I’m off to demand votes!!

  19. angelgirl8906
    September 15, 2009 10:31 am

    I voted my 10 again…

  20. Adios el-Kabong
    September 15, 2009 10:39 am

    I hope, in the (well-deserved)desire to help Children’s Hospital, that you and your readers will investigate and support The Children’s Institute, which has helped special needs children from all over Pghland for over a century. FPG (Former PittGirl), if you want a tour, let me know – they’re good friends and after you visit them you’ll want to sing their praises from the rooftops also.

  21. George
    September 15, 2009 10:43 am

    My 10 votes are in.

  22. jdp
    September 15, 2009 10:57 am

    10 everyday and email reminders when I do. But dang that Mississippi bunch!

  23. Andrea
    September 15, 2009 11:04 am

    I would threaten to have to sit through all 9 innings of a Pirate game. No leaving when they start to tank in the 6th.

  24. S
    September 15, 2009 11:10 am

    So I gave into the pressure and voted. But just a thought, since you are now bffs with Sally Wiggin and Tall Kathy, (saw the pics a few posts ago) why not call them up and see if you can get them on board. More the word is out the better right?

  25. chrys
    September 15, 2009 11:28 am

    My 10 votes are in!!

    How bad would it be to register my hubby while he is at work? ;)

  26. Cassie
    September 15, 2009 11:31 am

    I voted!!! I VOTED!!! Not to mention I posted it on Twitter, FB, and sent random e-mails. I’m good at guilt tripping people, promise.

  27. rossga
    September 15, 2009 11:50 am

    I’m in for 10 and I’ll be back tomorrow for more.

  28. bluzdude
    September 15, 2009 1:23 pm

    My 10 for the day are in, as they have been since your first post. And I want to 2nd what “S” says… Use your new media connections! That’s a great idea…

    What the heck is up with Jackson Mississipi all of a sudden? I know in Iowa, there’s probably not much else to do but go online and vote for stuff, but Missis… eh, never mind. Aside from the casinos, they’re in the same boat as Iowa, only less corn?

  29. Susan
    September 15, 2009 4:35 pm

    I’m a faithful voter but wanted to point out that 3 hospitals will get the Xboxes. Third place isn’t where Pittsburgh should be, but at least if we can hang on to the top 3, we’re good.

  30. Carly
    September 15, 2009 5:57 pm

    Voted! And sharing on Facebook!

  31. Erica
    September 15, 2009 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the voting reminder and please continue to do so every day. When I first signed up through the website, I asked to be reminded to vote every day by email. It did so the next day, but then (for whatever reason) stopped doing so. (I blame the Mississippians.)

  32. Erin
    September 15, 2009 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. Just voted.

  33. Just A Simple Man
    September 16, 2009 5:58 am

    Oh no we dropped to 4th….. ugh
    We need more voters!!!

    Hospital Name Votes Rank
    Blair E. Batson Hospital for Chil … 141685 1
    University of Iowa Children’s Hos … 123118 2
    Hurley Medical Center 117748 3
    Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh … 113271 4

  34. justagirl
    September 16, 2009 7:48 am

    There are enough students at Pitt and CMU and Carlow and Robert Morris that if a chunk of them voted just once and some of them continued to vote sporadically, we’d kick some ass.

    Anyone know an administrator at any of those schools?

    Or a mention in the Post-Gazette would help. Or on the Steelers website. Or the Penguins website. Or, God forbid, even the Pirates website.

  35. Frankie
    September 16, 2009 9:20 am

    We’re in 4th place people….get out there and VOTE!!!! Pretend it has something to do with the Steelers or Penguins, you jagoffs, and VOTE!!!

  36. Steelman
    September 16, 2009 9:32 am

    You all probably already know this but you can vote 10 times, one after another, when you login once. You don’t have to login 10 times. Just keep clicking the Vote button until it tells you have no votes remaining for the day.

  37. Sean
    September 16, 2009 10:36 am

    I voted yesterday and am going to vote again today (if I’m allowed).