Category Archives: volunteers

She’s his lifesaver: Her bone marrow cured his leukemia

  BY AMBER SMITH Greg Siwinski and his family looked forward to hosting a woman from Hildesheim, Germany, last October at their home in Syracuse. He had never met her, but the two had a special connection. Bone marrow from … Continue reading

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Why I served my country: Veterans tell how military experience opened doors, broadened outlooks, taught valuable skills

BY JIM HOWE For some it was a way to afford college or gain entry into the working world. For others, it was duty. Military service changes the lives of many Americans, including several who now work in a variety … Continue reading

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How Maxine Thompson’s life lessons mirror Upstate’s diversity advances

Upstate’s Maxine Thompson was asked to give a talk titled “My Story” as part of Crouse Hospital’s Black History Month celebration. This is an excerpt. My presentation has two parts. Part one is my personal story, as requested. Part two … Continue reading

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Volunteer opportunity: improving the patient experience

Are you willing to dedicate some time to helping the Upstate Cancer Center? A group that advocates for patients is looking for 10 to 12 additional adult members who are current or former patients, family members, caregivers or Upstate staffers. … Continue reading

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Baby King needs a bone marrow donor. Can you help?

King Nazir Leon, age 2, has CD40 Ligand deficiency, a rare disease that affects his immune system and is life-threatening. He has monthly, day-long treatments at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. His mother, Denisha DeLee, is vigilant about … Continue reading

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Good sports: Medical student arranges hat donations for young cancer patients

BY JIM McKEEVER It started with a simple, two-word compliment. Upstate second-year medical student Shunqing Zhang was volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House last summer when he saw an adolescent boy wearing a cap with the logo of the Cleveland … Continue reading

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Upstate researchers seek participants for mental health study

Researchers from Upstate are seeking families to take part in a study of the genetic bases of some childhood behavioral and psychiatric disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. About the project: Most of the common disorders of this type are … Continue reading

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No longer homeless: Volunteers, donors renovate eyesore house into real home

BY JIM HOWE Three formerly homeless men in Syracuse are grateful to have a house of their own, thanks to a communitywide effort. “People need a home. People need something to call their own,” one of the men, Ed, told … Continue reading

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Operation Honduras: They volunteer by providing eye surgery

Just about every year since 1987, a pair of Syracuse eye doctors spend a week or two in what they lovingly refer to as their satellite office – in a town called La Ceiba in Honduras. Along with colleagues, Thomas … Continue reading

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Here’s how your brain can help improve Alzheimer’s diagnoses

The world’s largest Alzheimer’s research project is the brainchild of a neuroimaging professor at the University of California, San Francisco who graduated from Upstate in 1965. Michael Weiner, MD, hopes to monitor millions of people online in a long-term study … Continue reading

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