Spina Bifida Highlights

Penguins Sled Face-Off Tournament


The Mighty Penguins are excited to host a Sled Hockey Tournament for 3 divisions over Columbus Day weekend! Divisions: 1. Novice (8 minute periods, host can provide pushers if needed, novice goalies preferred, but goalies from a junior team can be used) 2. Junior (Up to 18 years of age) 3. Intermediate (18 years of age and older) The tournament will be held at the Pittsburgh Penguins Practice Facility—UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex (8000 Cranberry Springs Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066). Join SBAWP in watching some great teams compete!

2016 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

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SBAWP made the top 10 for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – Pittsburgh! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to each of you who helped us towards our goal!! 1. Autism Connection of PA-$31,661 2. Sarah Heinz House-$25,638 3. Presbyterian SeniorCare-$25,370 4. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank-$17,666 5. The Community at Holy Family Manor-$14,485 6. Pittsburgh Mercy-$14,270 7. Southwinds, Inc.-$13,565 8. Pennsylvania Women Work-$13,000 (First year in the Walk!) 9. Spina Bifida Association of Western PA-$12,842 10. YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh-$12,350

EITC check from FifthThird Bank

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On March 29, 2016, Fifth Third Bank presented the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA a check for the EITC program.  Through the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program, qualified businesses can make a donation to the Spina Bifida Assocation of Western PA (SBAWP) and receive tax credits equal to a percentage of their gift. The Spina Bifida Association of Western PA is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) in the EITC program. Gifts through the EIO program enable the SBAWP to provide essential programming to individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities throughout Western PA. SBAWP is thankful for the support … Read More

The Gatehouse Attends a Mighty Penguins Practice


On Tuesday March 22, 2016, the Gatehouse residents were treated to a visit to the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex to watch a VIP Training of the Pittsburgh Penguins by invitation from the Mighty Penguins, one of the Pittsburgh area’s hockey teams for disabled players. Eleven of the current Gatehouse residents were in attendance as well as two staff persons.  We were able to watch both the Pittsburgh Penguins practice and play a scrimmage with each other and then a practice by the Mighty Penguins!  It was an exciting day and everyone had a great time! Many thanks go out … Read More

Mark Your Calendars for the Highmark Walk!


Now is the time to register to participate with the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA (SBAWP) in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 14, 2016 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.  All money raised helps the SBAWP programs and services for individuals with disabilities. – Register to be a walker or start a team at: http://hcf.convio.net/sbawp – Personalize your page. What does SBAWP mean to you?! – Make a self donation. Invite family and friends to follow your lead in donating! – Invite others to join you in walking or rolling for SBAWP. – Fund-raise with social … Read More

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month!

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OCTOBER IS SPINA BIFIDA AWARENESS MONTH HELP US RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE MOST COMMON, PERMANENTLY DISABLING BIRTH DEFECT IN THE UNITED STATES… BUY AN AWARENESS T-SHIRT TODAY!!  |  DEADLINE TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 9, 2015 Did you know that more people are born with Spina Bifida than cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined, yet most people are unfamiliar with this disability? This month, is the perfect opportunity to learn about spina bifida, to spread awareness about spina bifida, and to support the organizations, like the SBAWP, that work to improve the quality of life for people living with spina bifida. The most effective … Read More