The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon Honors Dr. Jennifer Arnold, Star of TLC’s “The Little Couple”

Updated on October 17, 2012
Dr. Jennifer Arnold

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center proudly announces that it will host its inaugural “The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon” on Friday, November 9, 2012 in the Lexus Club at CONSOL Energy Center, in partnership with Jameson’s Army. Afternoon to include served lunch, silent and Chinese auctions and a special program by Pittsburgh’s own Dr. Jennifer Arnold.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Arnold, medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Arnold, one of the stars of the popular television program “The Little Couple,” was born with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, or SED, in which a random genetic mutation causes abnormal collagen formation, which led to her dwarfed growth and orthopedic problems.

Dr. Arnold’s roots are from right here in Pittsburgh. She completed her fellowship at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, and her residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Arnold back to The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, where she made her rounds.

“We are honored to have Dr. Jennifer Arnold return to Pittsburgh for our inaugural fall luncheon,” said Pamela Schanwald, CEO of The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center. We hope to continue this event every year, honoring other Hometown Heroes who make a difference in the lives of many.”

The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon 2012 Sponsors (as of October 16): 
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Fifth Third Bank, American Bridge Company, First Commonwealth Bank, John Siebart and Dr. Beth Malay, and West Penn Financial Service Center, Inc..

All proceeds raised from The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon will go directly to support the programs of The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center: Adoption, Child’s Way®, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, please contact Lindsey Carter at 412.441.4884 or visit

About The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, established in 1893, is an independent, non-profit licensed organization that promotes the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family. These programs include: Adoption — serving infants, birthparents and persons seeking to adopt, Child’s Way® — a pediatric extended care center serving medically fragile infants and children, and a 24-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital —  infant and pediatric units that provide short-term transitional care from hospital to home for children who are technology dependent and who may suffer from life-threatening illnesses. For more information, please call 412-441-4884 or visit

About Jameson’s Army

Jameson’s Army is a non-profit organization raising awareness on Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).  It was started in 2012 by Co-Founders, Danielle and Patrik McKain. Their son, Jameson, has battled CHD for the past 20 months. It was during a routine ultrasound when the McKain’s learned that their unborn son was missing the left side of his heart and through the love and support of family and friends, an army was formed in honor of Jameson and those living with CHD. The focus of Jameson’s Army is to support children and families affected by CHD and those who support them. Some of the benefits provided by the money raised include care package drops to the heart center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and delivering cough pillows to comfort patients after surgery and help in their road to recovery.

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