In March 2017, Lending Hearts came to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

This innovative and unique integrative pediatric oncology wellness program will provide the modalities and resources needed in surviving treatment. This includes but not limited to: Yoga, Nutrition, Exercise, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness, Pressure Point Massage

Why Integrative Therapies?

Any health journey impacts each patient’s mind, body and spirit. Integrative Wellness helps patients manage stress, anxiety, nausea and other health issues due to cancer treatment by incorporating integrative therapies into your child’s care.

As a child, patients are often unable to explain their fears or articulate how they feel. It can instead come across as outbursts, whining or even silence.

Who can benefit?

Any child, along with his or her family, who is experiencing an acute or chronic health condition can benefit from this program. Our Nurse Ambassadors and Lending Hearts Team are specially trained to administer integrative healing methods both bedside and in group settings. Integrative therapies help children and families practice happy and relaxed states of mind so that their bodies can relax and function better. Integrative therapies are safe and effective when combined with medications and other tools for managing side effects of treatment.

Our GOAL is to help provide comfort and guidance to patients and their families throughout their journey. We do this by:

  • Improving the care experiences for patients and families
  • Improving symptom management
  • Enhancing the patient and family’s resiliency and capacity to cope by focusing on well-being and preventive ways for managing health
  • An interactive process for education, nutrition and engagement in all offered wellness methods


Lending Hearts can provide resources and tools to help you and your family survive treatment.

Talk with your physician, nurse or child life specialist to get in touch with a Nurse Ambassador today!


Educational Seminars all are invited to attend & learn about overall wellness and mental, physical and emotional health while managing cancer treatment and years post treatment

Mindfulness & Deep Breathing


Yoga, Massage, Nutrition, Exercise


Lending Hearts provides a platform for emotional and social support through a variety of activities:

  • Lending Hearts Lunches at Children’s
    Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Art Expression
  • Monthly family unique activities at
    regional destinations
  • Kites Take Flight for Childhood Cancer
    a community event to raise awareness of childhood/young adult cancer, share hope and family fun