To provide emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer and their families through unique activities and community outreach in surviving treatment and beyond.


The vision of Lending Hearts is a world where children & young adults living with cancer don’t feel alone as Lending Hearts is a valuable resource addressing and assisting pediatric oncology patients and families in their time of need. Starting as a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, we envision facilitating Lending Hearts services and programming at every children and young adult oncology treatment center.

2019 Goals

Lending Hearts addresses the need for assisting pediatric cancer patients & families in surviving treatment. Programs & services promote wellness, community and emotional support both in treatment and beyond. Our newest initiative for surviving treatment is a complete pediatric oncology wellness program we are call UP Street.  It includes holistic activities supporting mind, body and well-being.

  • UP Street
    • Continue implementation and growth of programming at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh that will enable growth into other hospitals in the United States and ultimately making the UP Street program synonymous with pediatric integrative oncology care
    • Adolescent/Young Adult Support (AYA) – Create needed educational and supportive opportunities for patients in the adolescent/young adult age group (15 – 25 years of age)
  • Lending Hearts
    • Maintain current monthly unique & educational experiences
    • Provide 1-2 social opportunities for parents/care givers
  • Jr. Council – expand Jr. Council into more school districts to provide students opportunities for leadership, philanthropy and community while providing direct peer to peer emotional and social support to the families we serve.
  • Increase family registration and involvement by 10%.
  • Provide meaningful topics in education with twice yearly forums for key stakeholders in pediatric oncology care.