Previous Events

Santa's Fun Cruise
December 15, 2012

Children and their families briefly escaped from chronic illness when they joined Santa Claus and beloved holiday and Disney characters aboard the Gateway Clipper. This free festive cruise, sponsored by Izzie's Gifts, provided seasonal cheer on Pittsburgh's rivers.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus - Fully ChargedSM
November 3, 2012

Children and their families affected by chronic illness were thrilled by the most electrifying acts presented by Ringling Bros. Held at the at the Consol Energy Center, attendees received free admission to an astonishing performance by dancing elephants, ferocious tigers, entertaining clowns, and more!


Izzie's Dash for Organ Donation
June 2, 2012

Well over 650 people celebrated and raised awareness for the need for organ donation at this fun, family-oriented event, held in North Boundary Park, Cranberry Township, PA. This year's "Gift of Life" event included both a 5K run and a walk and provided an opportunity to honor someone affected by organ donation whether a transplant candidate, recipient, or donor family.

Runners: Check your 5K results for Izzie's Dash on Runner's High Timing Services.

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Izzie's Playground
May 21, 2012

The grand opening of Izzie's Playground was held at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The virtual playground is located on the 6th floor was dedicated to Izzie to carry on her legacy. The grand opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, crafts and activities for patients, as well as complimentary treats from Rita’s Italian Ice.

Featured on WTAE TV news: Mother turns daughter's lifelong battle into personal mission

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Miracle League Field Clean-up
April 21, 2012

Izzie's Gift's of Hope Foundation was granted a Kohl's Care's grant where $1,000 is awarded to the foundation in return for participating in a "green" activity/event in the community. Izzie's Gifts participated by cleaning up and planting flowers and trees at the Cranberry Miracle League Field. The Miracle League was very special to Isabelle and she has her name on the "Miracle League Angels" plaque.


Isabelle Christenson Memorial Safety Lecture
March 7, 2012

Andy Urbach, Medical Director at Children's Hospital; Michelle Christenson; David MarxMichelle Christenson kicked off the third annual Isabelle Christenson Patient Safety Conference by telling Izzie's story at Children's Hospital in the Rangos Research Center.

The guest speaker was David Marx the author of Whack-a-Mole: The Price We Pay For Expecting Perfection. This book "explores the role of human error in society, from aviation and healthcare, to Maddie Christensondriving and parenting--and where accountability rests for those errors, especially when they take the life of another. David Marx argues that regulatory and human resource prohibitions, along with the criminal prosecution of human error, have been counter-productive to helping society deal with the risks and consequences of human fallibility. Marx advocates a different approach to addressing our shared fallibility." (Source:


Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic
March 3, 2012

Izzie's Gifts provided 250 tickets to over 80 families for Disney On Ice on Saturday, March 3. Providing outings for families of chronically ill children is the goal of Izzies Gifts of Hope Foundation.