For Carson McCann, the decision to plan a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh was personal.
After experiencing a sudden illness, this senior at Laurel Highlands High School, and son of Fred and Marian McCann, wanted to give back to the hospital that provided him with a lot of care. He decided to partner with Walnut Hill Miniature Golf to hold a fundraiser for the hospital.
“It all started last summer,” said Carson McCann. “It started with chest pain, shortness of breath and then it went to coughing.”
Before he knew it, McCann went from a teenager looking forward to summer vacation to a teenager having lung surgery at Children’s Hospital.
Marian McCann explained that her son had a bleb, a fluid filled sac, on his lung that required removal.
“It was the last day of school, and he went from being a healthy 16-year-old to being in an ambulance,” she said.
More than a year later Carson McCann has recovered and wants to give back to the facility that helped him and his family on his road to recovery.
“They (Children’s Hospital) fixed me up and healed me,” he said. “I wanted to give back to them.”
The fundraising event will be held Sept. 15 and 16 at Walnut Hill Miniature Golf Course, located on Farm Road in Uniontown. Half of the proceeds from tickets purchased on that date, as well as tickets pre-ordered for the event, will be donated to the hospital. The event will also feature giveaways including movie tickets to Carmike Cinemas.
“They (the McCann family) have always come up here and golfed since we opened,” said Bill Davison who owns the golf course along with his wife Marcy Davison. “He (Carson McCann) came up here with a project, and we said OK.”
Tickets that are purchased through pre-sale can be used until the end of the season. Tickets can be purchased at RX Plus in Hopwood and Walnut Hill Miniature Golf.
“I wanted to raise as much money as possible and donate it to the teen floor at Children’s Hospital,” explained Carson McCann. “There is a floor just for teenagers (ranging in age) from around 13 to 17 (years old).”
Marian McCann added that the hospital accepts patients up to age 22.
Carson McCann said he will collect the money that is raised from the event and send it to Children’s Hospital to be used to purchase iPads for the Child Life Department of the hospital’s teen floor.
“[We hope] that we get enough people to get a big amount and everyone enjoys themselves,” said Davison. “It is for a good cause.”
Besides raising money for the hospital, Carson McCann hopes to help those who helped him.
“It is motivating; it is an inspiration to give back to everyone who helped me out.” he said. “My goal is to help Children’s Hospital as much as possible.”