A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday afternoon at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. It comes after a $1 million donation from WWE, represented by Chief Branding Officer Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Executive Vice President Paul “Triple H” Levesque.
The gift from WWE established a family-centered MIBG Therapy Suite at the children’s hospital.
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 has the ability to provide care without needing to take the patient out of the room, even if critical care is needed. A family member is able to stay comfortably in an adjacent room, where they are protected from radiation exposure during the patient’s treatment.
UPMC Children’s now has the only pediatric MIBG therapy suite in western Pennsylvania.
McMahon and Levesque have been supporters of UPMC Children’s for many years. They started a fund called “Connor’s Cure” in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan Connor Michalek, who battled medulloblastoma — a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord.
“After Connor lost his fight, Paul and I knew we had to do something and it started right here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh,” McMahon said.
“In 2014, Stephanie and Paul established Connor’s Cure. This is a fund dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer through support research,” said Dr. Linda McAllister, Chief of Science, Hematology and Oncology. “Connor’s Cure has raised more than $3 million to date.”