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Two Former Patients Donate Hundreds of Toys to Children's Patients in an Effort to Lift Their Spirits During the Holiday Season

WHAT: Dustin Bartolomeo, a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh patient and freshman at Seton Hall University, will be coming to Children's to pass out toys to patients. The toys were purchased by Dustin with money he collected through various fund-raisers he organized throughout the year. This is the third consecutive year Dustin has brought holiday gifts to Children's patients.

Inspired by Dustin's story, former patient Jonathan Haines, 11, of North Huntington, also purchased toys to pass out to patients. He will join Dustin on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004.

WHY: Dustin was a sophomore in high school when he tore a ligament in his knee during a football game. Following a reconstruction of his ligament, Dustin developed a serious bone infection and underwent nine surgeries at Children's to treat the complications. During his lengthy hospitalization around the holiday season in 2001, Dustin witnessed other patients, including young children, who had to spend the holiday season in the hospital. In order to raise their spirits, Dustin began his holiday gift donations.

Jonathan, who was hospitalized this year for a concussion during the summer, heard about Dustin's story while at Children's. Jonathan asked his mother if they could do something to help the patients hospitalized during the holiday season.

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004

WHERE: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Main Lobby. Parking is available.

Editor's Note: Media interested in covering the delivery of gifts should meet in the main lobby at 10 a.m. to be escorted to the patient floors.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008