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2017 Lending Hearts Gala

an Evening of Celebration & Hope


Event Information

Our 2016 Lending Hearts Friend Award honoree was Pittsburgh Councilman, Corey O'Connor.  Mr. O'Connor will be back at the 2017 Lending Hearts Gala to  present to our 2017 honoree, Mr. James Conner.  Mr. O'Conner will also present a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation to Lending Hearts.


James Conner personifies the mission of Lending Hearts.  He recently had a very public and strong fight against cancer, but James is much more than his diagnosis.  James continually finds a way to lend his heart to others in need by spending time with them, talking with them or simply inspiring them through his actions and no fear attitude.  We are honored to present the 2017 Lending Hearts Friend Award to James Conner.


To see more about James' journey, please click there to watch the video of him receiving the Disney Spirit Award.  


Our Lending Hearts Ambassador Award honoree will be Ms. Jamie Guerry.  Jamie is a remarkably strong young woman who has had a long battle with cancer.  Through it all, she continually leads her life inspiring others.  She makes a difference in the community by doing.  Her efforts in raising awareness of childhood/young adult cancer and the need for families to have support and the efforts of Lending Hearts make her a true ambassador.


About Lending Hearts

We are celebrating over five years of providing emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer and their families through unique activities and community outreach, we seek your partnership to celebrate these young cancer warriors and need for continued support and awareness.  


Lending Hearts is the only nonprofit organization in the Western Pennsylvania region to provide consistent monthly programming that is free of charge to families and have a focus on arts & culture and health & wellness.  Monthly programming includes:

 monthy lunches to oncology patients and families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

monthly art therapy, Lending Hearts Art Expression at Allegheny Health Network's Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion

twice/month Lending Hearts Yoga within the inpatient oncology unit at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC


Additional programming includes:

survivorship educational seminars

development of the Lending Hearts App with the students and faculty of CMU's Entertainment Technology Center

community outreach/awareness opportunities within school districts and the event,

Kites Take Flight for Childhood Cancer


In 2017, programming will develop further with the creation of a first ever integrative oncology program called UPst.  Please click here to learn more about our 2017 VISION


Please consider honoring our achievements and sustaining the next phase of programming development by supporting the 2017 Lending Hearts Gala.

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