UPMC Children’s Hospital receives $1.5 million from Tull family |

UPMC Children’s Hospital receives $1.5 million from Tull family

Music therapist, Kory Antonacci with patient, Malaun.
Music therapists, Kory Antonacci and Nicole Steele, with patient, Jimmy.
Katie O’Connor, art therapist at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with patient, Jaycee.
Kate Gibson, art therapist at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, with patient.

Young physician-scientists pursuing groundbreaking pediatric research are about to receive a substantial boost in funding.

The Tull Family Foundation, founded by Thomas and Alba Tull, is donating $1.5 million to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to support research and the hospital’s creative arts programs.

A million dollars of the funding will go to the Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research and help it recruit and support researchers in their efforts to come up with innovative ways of treating and preventing childhood diseases.

“We are incredibly grateful to Thomas and Alba, and the Tull Family Foundation, for their generosity and support of our research and creative arts programs,” said Rachel Petrucelli, president of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. “This will give us the opportunity to offer support to our physician scientists in a way that could lead them to discover new treatments for patients.”

The Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy program at Children’s will receive $500,000. The program offers therapeutic activities to patients and their families.

The funds are supporting the creation of a state-of-the-art visual art therapy studio, music therapy studio and creative arts hub. The new space is currently under construction with a planned unveiling set for later this year.

“We are extremely supportive of the mission and growth of UMPC Children’s Hospital, and we want to be an integral part of the future of children’s health care right here in Pittsburgh,” said Alba Tull, chairman of the Tull Family Foundation.

Alba Tull’s husband, Thomas Tull, is a billionaire businessman and minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or by email at [email protected]