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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Offers Families a Chance To Have a Heart-to-Heart About Their Children's Heart Disease


WHO: Hundreds of current and former patients of the Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will reunite with faculty and staff from the center.

WHAT: Turner Dairy Farms will host Children's 26th annual Heart-to-Heart picnic. Heart-to-Heart is a support group for families of Children's patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. The support group was established at Children's in 1976 and allows families and patients to meet and discuss their children's conditions.

The Turner family hosts this Heart-to-Heart reunion picnic every September at its farm in Slickville, Pa. Activities include obstacle courses, spin art, hay rides, face painting, a scavenger hunt and more.

WHY: About 40,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. That means that at least eight of every 1,000 infants will have a heart defect at birth.

Twenty years ago, to help families cope with the diagnosis of heart disease, Children's established Heart-to-Heart, a parent support group with six regional chapters throughout western Pennsylvania. Through Heart-to-Heart, families with a child recently diagnosed with heart disease are introduced to other families with similar experiences. Volunteer families from Heart-to-Heart visit hospitalized patients and their parents every week throughout the year.

The Heart-to-Heart picnic is made possible by the following families and organizations: #1 Cochran; 7-Eleven; Bethany Presbyterian Church Youth Group; Boomerang Entertainment; Charley Tattoo Artist; Erin Colvin; Frye Family; Gibbs Family; Harley crew; Slickville Fire Department; and STAT MedEvac. For more information about the Heart Center at Children's, please visit

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, 12:30-4 p.m.

WHERE: Turner Dairy Farms, Route 819, Slickville, Pa.

Editor's Note: Media interested in covering the picnic can get directions by paging 1-877-803-7930 after hours or on the weekend.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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June 11, 2008
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June 11, 2008