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Fall 2012

Why I Give: The Pitt Family

By: Meghan Rossbach
Date: September 3, 2012

Jim and Kathleen Pitt standing in front of a portrait of their son, Jimmy
Jim and Kathleen Pitt stand in front of a portrait of their son, Jimmy.

For Jim and Kathleen Pitt, like any parents, their son was the light of their lives. A junior at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, Jimmy was pursuing a degree in theater, with hopes of becoming a director. Tragically, his life changed in an instant when he was in a serious car accident that caused damage to his spinal cord. Jimmy’s injuries were so traumatic that he was hospitalized for two years. He spent his final year at Johns Hopkins Bayview on the progressive care unit (PCU).

“Of all the hospitals and facilities Jimmy went to after his accident, I felt like he received the best care in the PCU,” says Mr. Pitt. “The nurses were exceptional. I give them credit for my son living as long as he did.”

Not long after Jimmy’s death, the Pitts made a significant donation to the PCU in honor of the nurses who cared for their son. The initial contribution was given to the Nursing Education Fund, which provides continuing education to PCU nurses to enhance their skills as health care providers.

“I have never met a more dedicated group of people,” says Mr. Pitt. “When we presented our first donation, every nurse on the unit was there—even those who weren’t scheduled to work that day. That’s how much they care.”

The Pitts continue to make a donation to the PCU every year to honor their son and recognize the exceptional work of his nurses. They also remain in touch with the staff that they formed a relationship with during Jimmy’s hospitalization.

“My wife and I will continue to give to the PCU so they can impact other patients and families like they impacted us,” says Mr. Pitt.

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