Thursday, November 13, 2008

Children's Launches Public Phase of Campaign

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has raised $65 million toward its $100 million fundraising goal. Today, it took its capital campaign public. Some of the hospital's young patients attended today's kickoff ceremony, including six-year-old Acacia Puelo of New York. She received a multi-organ transplant at Children's as a newborn after 98% of her small intestine had to be removed. Today, Children's CEO Roger Oxendale says Acacia is healthy, and you would never know by looking at her that she had the life-saving surgery.

Oxendale says it's hard to know whether the slow economy will put a damper on the capital campaign. Children's hopes to raise another $15 million for the campaign by the end of June.

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