J&A Holds First Bake Sale to fundraise for The Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA

J&A Fundraises For Children’s Hospital

On Friday, November 8, 2019, J&A held its first in-store bake sale fundraiser in support of The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The goal of the bake sale was to raise funds to help ensure The Children’s Hospital of UPMC is able to provide expert, compassionate care for sick children locally, regionally, and globally. The bake sale took place at J&A’s location in South Park from 10 am-3 pm.

The bake sale featured all types of goodies. From brownies, to s’mores bars, to your classic cookies and cupcakes, bake sale-goers had plenty of baked goods to choose from! Plus, anyone who donated more than $50 got the opportunity to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win a variety of prizes (some even valued up to $225).

The reason J&A chose The Children’s Hospital of UPMC as the recipient of this fundraiser, is because it holds a special place in the hearts of one of our families at J&A.

Connor Geddes, the son of one of our employees, was born with one of the 5 deadliest congenital heart defects called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. At 8 days old he had his first surgery to reconstruct the heart, but it was unsuccessful and he was put on life support. On March 17, 2006 he was put on the heart transplant list and on March 18, received the call Connor had a heart. During the early hours of March 19, Connor was in surgery again, receiving his heart transplant. With Connor being so young and being so sick, he was put on the list to receive any type of heart from any blood donor. Connor was the first at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital to receive an ABO incompatible heart transplant.

Cardiac wise, Connor has been very fortunate and has not had rejection but did require a pacemaker in 2012. Due to lung complications he did have a trache for over a year, had his first feeding tube out at age 8 but had to have it put back in at age 10. He has battled MRSA, pneumonia, RSV, C-Diff, 3rd degree heart block, and chronic kidney failure due to the life saving anti-rejection medication. Connor must have lab work done every 4-6 weeks and heart biopsies yearly.

Connor is now 13. In those 13 years, Connor has been followed by Transplant Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Infectious disease, Hematology, Oncology Urology, and Nephrology. Connor feels most comfortable when at Children’s. He has many doctors and nurses that are more like family than medical staff. Today Connor is 13, as healthy as he can be. Connor is very active in the musicals at school, chorus, student counsel, the volleyball team and loves to ride horses.

Without Children’s Hospital and all the services, they have for Connor and the rest of our family, Connor would not be doing as well as he is today.

The bake sale was definitely a success! Over $900 was raised on Friday at the sale, and J&A offered to match what was raised, totaling just under $1,900.

Were you unable to attend the bake sale, but want to donate? You still can, at the link below:

http://www.givetochildrens.org/jandasouthpark

Check out more photos from the bake sale!