About Us

Who We Are

Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC), a Pennsylvania-based statewide coalition, is a volunteer group of professionals, parents, and community members who provide information and resources for families with children with life-limiting conditions.

Our mission is to provide resources to families, volunteers, and medical professionals caring for children with life-limiting illnesses. We look to a future where all children diagnosed with life-limiting conditions in Pennsylvania will have access to world-class palliative, hospice and end-of-life care.

PPCC is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
PPCC relies on donations and grants to promote its mission.

young boy in bed surrounded by pillows and medical equipment

PPCC would like to thank our donors, members, and grantors for their generous support:
McElhattan Foundation • Jack Buncher Foundation • Kanarek Family Foundation

Red Serif Type McELHATTAN FOUNDATION logo next to a blue ruled box with JBF JACK BUNCHER Foundation logo next to a Green KANAREK Family Foundation logo

Brief History


PPCC embarks on a capacity-building campaign to grow our organizational staff, financial resources and member engagement in order to provide enhanced resources and support for children, families and providers.


Through generous grant funding, PPCC launches a new website, toolkits, the Lightning Bug app, Firefly Chats and the Pediatric Palliative Care Webinar Series, extending its reach to a national level.


PPCC becomes a 501(c) (3) organization.


PPCC hosts its first statewide conference in Harrisburg, with 150+ healthcare and pediatric palliative care professionals in attendance.


Stakeholder groups from across PA combine efforts to form PPCC with Betsy Hawley named Executive Director.


Through the efforts of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, Liam’s Foundation for Pediatric Palliative Care and Helping Hands-Healing Hearts, the PA Dept of Public Welfare convenes the Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Task Force. One of the Task Force recommendations is to establish a statewide coalition.


The Pittsburgh Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPPCC) is formed under the leadership of Meghan O’Donnell, a bereaved mom and hospice social worker.

384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 | Contact Betsy Hawley at: betsy@ppcc-pa.org

PPCC is not a health care provider and does not give medical advice or treatment. PPCC does not endorse or recommend any listed facilities, service providers, or support groups herein. PPCC offers the list and information as a resource only. PPCC does not pre-evaluate, or consider the Medicare/Medicaid status of the providers.

The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  Donations are tax-deductible according to the IRS’s rules and regulations.  The official registration and financial information for PPCC may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999.