Category Archives: volunteers

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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Fit and Fun: Corporate Challenge race winners extol the joys of running

The female runners from Upstate who won first place in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge’s Syracuse division say they run for fun and for fitness. Winning is nice, too. Mandy Brown, Meghan Dwyer, Ellen Furnari and Christina Phelan had a … Continue reading

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Future doctors pal around with pediatric patients

  Between classroom lectures, hospital rotations and their studies, several Upstate medical students make time to connect with young patients at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders in Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. The program called “Peds Pals” … Continue reading

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10-year-old girl raises money to bring comfort to other pediatric cancer patients

Alexa Bolton derives so much comfort from the fluffy character towel she brings from home when she is hospitalized, she wants to share that soft touch of childhood with other kids at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. So Alexa, who … Continue reading

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O’Hara’s Teal There’s a Cure: Ovarian cancer walk/run honors Upstate nurse

The annual run/walk that raises awareness for ovarian cancer changed its name to the Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5K this year. It was a way to honor the woman who founded the event in 2008, and who … Continue reading

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