Category Archives: volunteers

This is why she became a nurse

BY EMILY KULKUS Several times a year, Upstate nurse Susan Thomas packs two big suitcases — one new and one tattered — and heads to the airport. One suitcase is full of her own belongings; the other is from a … Continue reading

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Stepping up: Upstate students volunteer to help during pandemic

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Upstate Medical University students have pitched in to help, using what they have learned, to assist in the battle against COVID-19. The magnitude of the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic had barely registered when students began … Continue reading

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Spotting a volunteer just got easier at Upstate

BY EMILY KULKUS Hundreds of dedicated and valuable volunteers at Upstate University Hospital are now a little easier to spot. With more than 800 people volunteering annually through Upstate’s Office of Volunteer Programs, volunteer services are critical to helping patients … Continue reading

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On a mission to help: Doctor’s intensive-care skills help poor children with heart trouble in Peru

BY JIM HOWE A career spent caring for very sick children, plus some mechanical ingenuity, helped I. Federico Fernández Nievas, MD, when he accompanied a medical charity team to Peru. He joined about two dozen other medical professionals from around … Continue reading

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‘Can Man’ closes in on cancer fundraising goal

BY JIM HOWE A local fundraising effort is close to reaching its goal of cashing in a million returnable bottles and cans to fight cancer in Central New York. With participating redemption centers offering 6 cents per container for the … Continue reading

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Giving hope to youth affected by cancer

BY SUSAN KEETER Charlie Poole, 16, went hiking in Highland Forest last spring. It was an accomplishment for a young man who, 26 months earlier, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that left him with weakness in the right side … Continue reading

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Baseball-loving former patient, family pitch in to comfort kids with cancer

BY JIM HOWE In a baseball movie, Jack and Jordan Sheridan’s story might sound something like this: Pitcher goes on injured list, recovers and, together with energetic manager and support staff, helps and inspires his teammates. The pitcher is Jack, … Continue reading

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Scientist walks political tightrope: He deals with Taliban to help his native land rebuild

BY JIM HOWE An Upstate faculty member who lost his mother as a baby and grew up in a refugee camp hopes he can help his war-scarred homeland, Afghanistan. To do this, he has secured the permission of the local … Continue reading

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Calming kids with teddy bears

Glenda Stowell and her husband, Fred, donated 10 teddy bears to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2011. After they retired, they wanted a new way to spend their time, and they liked the idea that the stuffed animals would … Continue reading

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Rural care: How a small-town PA found a niche career

BY JIM HOWE “Physician extenders” — such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners — have proved their worth to health care, especially in small towns and rural areas, where doctors are often scarce. “Doctors have found out that there is … Continue reading

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