More than 1,800 purple and white lights illuminate the 20-foot evergreen tree on the front lawn of UPMC Hamot in Erie. Each purple light is in memory of a loved one, and white lights honor those who are special in our lives.
LuAnne MacIsaac, vice-president of Great Lake Hospice, said that the holidays are especially difficult for those who have lost a loved one, and the tree lighting ceremony, which includes remembrances and inspirational reflections, helps in the grieving process. She said that the donations help to care for Hospice patients in the community.
UPMC today, on World AIDS Day, threw its support behind AIDS Free Pittsburgh, an initiative to end AIDS and significantly reduce new HIV infections in Allegheny County by 2020.
The initiative was announced this morning by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald ahead of a unanimous City Council vote supporting the effort. UPMC is giving about $1 million to AIDS Free Pittsburgh over the next five years. (more…)