Hearts alive.

The ‘DVE Radiothon benefiting Children’s Hospital is going on right now as they work toward raising more than $400,000 for SICK KIDS.

A note from Randy Baumann! Or as his email says, “Randall.”  I can’t hear the name Randall without thinking of the evil chameleon in Monsters.

“Oh. Randall! Randall’s your monster!”

I’ve digressed. Shocker. Anyway, let’s talk about shoes. I kid! Let’s read Randy’s note!

Meet Jameson and his mom Danielle.

Jameson had a heart transplant three weeks ago today. I got to meet his parents last year right after Radiothon ’10 when they were waiting for doctors to determine what course of action would be best for Jameson. Turns out, he needed a heart transplant, and throughout it all, Danielle told me that the doctors and staff at Children’s Hospital were beyond comforting, caring, informative and helpful. 

Jameson is now bouncing on his mom’s knee, THREE WEEKS after a heart transplant. I got to go and visit him this afternoon and simply could not believe how healthy this little guy was. It’s hard to believe, but this is not out of the ordinary at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Kids come from all over the country to get treatment at CHP and the fact is, that in order to maintain the level of care for which they’ve become known, they need donations. Last year we met Zach, and he’s home now in Buffalo with his new heart, playing with his brother, probably throwing around the football that Ben and Troy signed for him pretending to be Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Today I got to visit Sophie and Wes and Paige and a couple more kids who need us to keep helping them. I met some more members of their incredible staff. (You should see the Heart Cath Center! Holy shit! ) I talked with my friend JoAnne (Aunt Jo as at least one “cardiac kid” calls his favorite nurse) and she showed me some of her favorite pictures of kids who’ve gone on to healthy lives. They really do care so much for the kids in that beautiful building in Lawrenceville. 

Last year, DVE Radiothon raised over $400,000! An unbelievable amount given the economic climate. As you know, it’s not any better now, but kids haven’t stopped getting sick. Every little bit helps, donations of $1, $2, $5 are welcome- there’s strength in numbers. And thanks to last years numbers, kids like Jameson are gaining their strength back, and get to grow up. Thanks for your support the last couple of years, it really does mean the world to us.

I love how Randy, er Randall, just interrupts an email with HOLY SHIT.

But can I just say? HOLY SHIT, little adorable babies should not need new hearts ever. I get upset when my kid gets a decent-sized boo-boo. I can’t imagine my child having one heart pulled out and a new one put in.

If you have a fiver to spare for the sick kids at Children’s Hospital who have kind of been dealt a crappy early hand in life, you can call 412-692-8900 or donate online at www.givetochildrens.org/dverocks.

Tell them PittGirl sent you and they’ll be all, “Who’s the whatsit now?”


  1. emstef23
    September 15, 2011 3:25 pm

    cannot say enough about Children’s! We had to take my almost 4yr old there for the first time in August when he challenged our coffee table to a dual and the table won ~ a lovely one inch gash above his lip was dealt and off we went – not only did they take good care of the kid, but of mom as well. It was something mior to go to Children’s about so the folks that have to take their kids for real, serious issues – if the treatment in the ER for some stitches is any indication – they are in GREAT hands!!!

  2. DG
    September 15, 2011 3:32 pm

    Children’s is a top notch hospital and this is a very worthy cause. I encourage everybody who can to contribute.

  3. Gina
    September 15, 2011 3:35 pm

    I will be donating. And the timing couldn’t be better, heartstrings-wise. Tuesday, I spent the day at CHP with my son (who gets regular nephrology check-ups & tests for a non-functioning kidney) and said that is spending the day there with your healthy kid doesn’t make you appreciate how lucky you are then nothing will. My son was complaining about having to have bloodwork done when 2 severely sick/disabled children were wheeled up to the lab on a stretcher and that shut him right up.

  4. Erin
    September 15, 2011 3:36 pm

    We are so fortunate to have this gem in our city. Danielle, if you are reading, your baby is adorable (I want to squeeze him) and I’m so happy he is recovering well.