The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation announced this week that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have given $1 million to establish a family-centered MIBG Therapy Suite at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The donation was actually made in May 2018 and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the suite was held on Thursday. MIBG treatment provides targeted radiation to pediatric neuroblastoma patients and other rare pediatric cancers with minimal side effects.
MIBG is used to treat high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the nerve cells that spreads quickly and affects mostly children under the age of 5. The new suite at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will include highly sophisticated equipment and the ability to provide care without needing to transfer a patient out of the room. An adjacent room will allow family members to comfortably stay to provide support for the child.
“MIBG is now at a point where it can offer true benefits to our patients with relapsed or unresponsive neuroblastoma,” said Linda McAllister-Lucas, M.D., Ph.D., chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, UPMC Children’s Hospital. “With this gift from Stephanie McMahon and Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, we are now able to translate this therapy into life-saving clinical care.”
The MIBG Suite is very unique and is designed to fit the needs of both the patient and parents throughout treatment. The suite includes a large lead-lined room and bathroom for the patient, and an attached suite containing a bedroom and private bathroom for the parents and caregivers.
Stephanie and Triple H have been supporters of UPMC Children’s Hospital for many years, establishing the Connor’s Cure fund in honor of Connor Michalek several years ago. That fund has raised almost $3 million since launching. Stephanie is also a member of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Trustees.
“Paul and I are extremely proud to support the cancer programs at Children’s to ensure all patients and their families have access to the best care available,” Stephanie said in a press release from the hospital. “Our family’s passion is to end all childhood cancers, and in an attempt to accelerate that goal, we are investing in the MIBG Therapy Suite for kids at UPMC Children’s.”