Category Archives: volunteers

How can you help patients at Upstate?

Some of the best gifts for a person facing a medical crisis are simple, with a “thinking of you” message, and many Central New Yorkers with giving spirits make such donations to Upstate University Hospital. If you would like to … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, cancer, community, health care, illness, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers

Sun smart: Teaching kids to protect themselves from skin cancer

BY JIM McKEEVER Protecting your skin from the sun starting at an early age is an important way to guard against skin cancer. That’s the message a group of medical students shares with elementary school students each spring. “Our goal … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, dermatology/skin care, education, health care, medical student, prevention/preventive medicine, public health, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers

Julia’s dream: prosthetics for a better world

BY SUSAN KEETER Julia Rogers’ dream is to design prosthetics for amputees. As a high school student in Lagos, Nigeria, Rogers saw people who faced tremendous obstacles trying to meet their basic needs. “Dad would be driving me home from … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, disability, education, health care, health careers, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, technology, volunteers

Thousands need care: Scientist responds in earthquake aftermath

By AMBER SMITH When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD, transformed herself from scientist into leader of a relief team. Stewart Ibarra is an infectious disease expert from Upstate working in Ecuador to … Continue reading

Posted in community, fundraising, health care, HealthLink on Air, infectious disease, international health care, public health, research, volunteers

Why she donates blood 4 times a year

  Diana Pelletier of Camillus was critically injured in a car crash nine years ago. She was driving her husband, 22-month-old toddler and 3½-week-old infant when the car wrecked, flipping over three times. Her family was fine, but Pelletier broke … Continue reading

Posted in patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, volunteers

Checking in on Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, by the numbers

Staff at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital cared for 37,525 patients in the pediatric emergency department, plus 6,429 in the pediatric “after hours” urgent care center during 2015. Also that year, surgeons operated on 5,373 pediatric patients. In addition to … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, illness, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers

17 years later, a grateful patient gives back

As a 13-year old boy, Colin LaReaux enjoyed sports, video games and movies. However, after feeling tired and finding a lump that did not respond to antibiotics, testing determined that LaReaux had Hodgkin disease. His parents researched the best health … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, cancer, community, entertainment, fundraising, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers

Almost home: Guest house welcomes adult patients, their families

  BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients and their families who travel to Syracuse for treatment face the question of where to stay and how to get around. Spending days or weeks away from home can get expensive if the patient, … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care, illness, 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

Posted in cancer, community, genetics, health care, illness, international health care, organ donation/transplant, patient story, volunteers

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

Posted in community, education, health careers, history, volunteers