By Rick Dayton

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Children’s Hospital is one of Pittsburgh’s great success stories.

This weekend, the hospital marked a huge anniversary.

“This is an amazing, amazing, historic moment for us. You know, A 125 years ago, on June 4, Children’s Hospital admitted its first child to the hospital,” Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Greg Barrett said.

More than 2,000 people helped Children’s Hospital mark the important date by raising more than $600,000 dollars over the weekend in Schenley Park with a 5K Walk for Children.

“It really reflects how important Children’s Hospital is to the region. I think this is a way for families, companies, just about anybody who has been touched by Children’s Hospital to really show their support,” Walk for Children Co-Chair Morgan O’Brien said.

The money raised will stay right here in Pittsburgh.

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“A lot of the specialty programs. It’s cancer, primary care, cardiac services, transplant services. It’s really supports all the programs of the hospital,” UPMC’s Scott Lammie said.

One of the special helpers was a little boy named Mikey, who has already undergone five major surgeries at Children’s.

Mikey got to lead the way, just like Children’s does in this community.

“You are sending a message to every child and every parent that is in the hospital right now that you care, that your child is their child, that you are making a commitment to them that they are going to get well and get the best care possible,” Barrett said.

While this was a first-time event, next year’s walk is already on the calendar for June 3.
Going forward, the event will be held the first weekend of every June.