Make-A-Wish grants teen’s wish to donate VGo robot to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, October 15, 2015 – The VGo telepresence robot has given Cris Colaluca the gift of academic and social freedom, and the ability to stay involved despite medical limitations. Cris’ life has been so impacted that he wishes that other homebound children can also enjoy the same freedom. Now, Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is giving that same experience to other students by donating a VGo telepresence robot to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Due to a rare seizure disorder, Cris had difficulty attending school in person. But in 2012, Cris began attending school remotely through the use of the VGo telepresence robot. Cris has been able to connect with fellow students, interact within the classroom environment, and participate in social events. These experiences which are typical of a teenage high school experience are extraordinary for Cris, now 17 years old.
Today, at 10am at in Eat ’n Park Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Cris will give a presentation about his personal experience with VGo as well as introduce the VGo he is donating.
Judith Stone, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and Dr. Steven Docimo, Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, will also speak during the event. The event will include a Q&A session with Cris as well as a chance to interact with the VGo.
In anticipation of this event, Senator Marco Rubio and Dr. Ben Carson, 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates, have sent video messages recognizing Cris as an inspiration to others.