Category Archives: Golisano

Facebook connection brings family to Upstate from Turkey for rare surgery

Many Facebook connections provide a quick diversion or fun way to stay in touch. Sometimes the social network makes a connection that does more — by improving someone’s life. A mother in Istanbul joined a Facebook group for parents of children … Continue reading

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Raising spirits, awareness and money for cancer

The Central New York community made the Upstate Cancer Center possible, with many donations coming directly from grateful patients and family members. The Foundation for Upstate Medical University was the hub for the philanthropy which drew the support of thousands … Continue reading

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Revitalizing through reading as you recover from illness, injury

Book suggestions from Mary Laverty, a librarian in the Family Resource Center of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sometimes you need a story that makes you laugh Preschool “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” (2013) by James Dean and Eric … Continue reading

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Battling cancer and saving kids at the Waters Center

Richard Sills MD was a high school student in 1964, the year that Upstate’s hospitals opened. At that time, he laments, “almost nobody survived childhood cancer.” The medical specialty of pediatric hematology-oncology was new in those days and William Waters … Continue reading

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Zach is ready to play ball again after cancer treatment

At the age of 8, Zach Ellingson had heard of cancer. It was a disease that other people got. “Thinking about it now,” he says as a 12-year-old, “I know that I am ‘other people’ to other people.” Zach is … Continue reading

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“A smile in snowy white and strength in a starched skirt”

Retired nurse Jean (Farmer) Pirozzi was happy to share 50th anniversary memorabilia with Upstate, including her 1963 nursing-school yearbook which has a seven-stanza poem describing the student nurse as, “A smile in snowy white, strength in a starched skirt…a modern … Continue reading

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1964: A very good year for hospitals…and children’s books

Upstate University Hospital’s 50th anniversary exhibit — on display at the children’s hospital gallery — inspired librarian Mary Laverty to look for 50th anniversary books to read with pediatric patients and their families at the hospital’s Family Resource Center. During … Continue reading

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Volunteers in 2014: Pinafores not required

“Volunteers are required to wear pinafores,” read the invitation to the hospital’s first volunteer recognition event, a formal afternoon tea held on a Sunday in 1964. Fifty years later, hospital volunteers wear unisex navy blue vests or jackets when they’re … Continue reading

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‘Changing Sports Changing Lives’ symposium includes Upstate pediatrician

An adapted sports documentary that premieres at Syracuse University April 28 includes footage from a unified wheelchair basketball event involving Upstate caregivers. Admission is free to the “Changing Sports Changing Lives” symposium at 4 p.m. April 28 at SU’s Watson … Continue reading

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Drugs you rub into your skin can be dangerous, too

When a previously healthy 18-month-old child developed a diaper rash, the toddler’s mother reached for some pain-relieving cream. What she grabbed was a prescription her husband used for neck pain. She rubbed a small amount onto her son’s rash and … Continue reading

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