By Kim Ravenda / Edited by Andrea Bosco Stehle

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh community for 125 years. It began with a single cot, endowed by Kirk LeMoyne, to be used for children and infants at a local hospital and, since 1890, has grown into a world-renowned children’s hospital, regularly ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation.

In celebration of Children’s Hospital’s 125th anniversary, Huntington Bank is donating $125 to the Free Care Fund for every first down completed by University of Pittsburgh Football.

The Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital provides medical treatment to every child regardless of their family’s ability to pay for it.

As a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Panthers 2015 season, Huntington Bank will directly connect Pitt’s successful first down achievements with the significant purpose that Children’s plays in the region.

“Not only does the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital help families who would otherwise be unable to afford the necessary care for their children, it also serves as an example of a community coming together to make the region a better, healthier place,” says Susan Shipley, president of Huntington Bank, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region. “We are proud to bring together the Pitt Panthers and Children’s in support of Children’s 125th anniversary.”

Children’s is distinguished for its outstanding clinical services, research programs, and medical education, which have helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care around the world.

“For 125 years, our community’s generosity to Children’s Hospital has helped kids get better so that they have a chance to be kids,” says Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation President Greg Barrett. “Every gift, large or small, directly impacts the lives of children and perpetuates the long-standing tradition of this community caring for its children.”

In 2014, Huntington Bank donated more than $52,000 to Children’s through the Pitt Panthers successful first down achievements and other fundraising efforts. “We can’t wait to kick off the 2015 season!” says Shipley.

Donations to the Free Care Fund can be made on-site at any Huntington Bank branch location.

For fundraising information and direct donations, visit givetochildrens.org/freecarefund.

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