Patient Champions

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These are just a few of the faces of WHY we walk.  

They each tell a story of overcoming an obstacle and pushing through adversity. Our patients are courageous and don’t back down from a fight. Instead, they stand up and face it like a champion.

In recognition and in celebration for all they’ve been through and overcome, we recognize our brave patients who we call our Patient Champions whether they are currently being treated at UPMC Children’s, a past patient, or in remembrance of those who are no longer with us. These kids show great strength and courage throughout their medical journeys and are the definition of a true patient champion.

This year, we ask our community to join us as we “Walk A Mile in Their Shoes”.


Mother and child smiling with Walk for Children's photo frame

We recognize all our champions with a:

  • special purple Walk for Children’s 2022 shirt
  • patient champion medal

All you need to do is register your child as a ‘Patient Champion’ during registration. Select child, then answer ‘yes’ to the “Are you a Patient Champion?” question.


Our Patient Champions




Jack Jack Strong


Nora’s Warriors




Register Today

Join us in supporting more families like the above by registering for Walk for Children’s presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. Regardless of how you choose to participate, your support and fundraising helps provide hope, healing, and answers for the sickest and bravest kids in our community.

Sign up today as a Patient Champion