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Meet Some of the Children You've Helped

 
Addison, 2, from Utica
Addie is a happy, playful two-year-old from Utica! She came to Upstate Golisano when she was just 9 months old for cleft palate repair and bilateral ear tube surgery. Her family wants to thank everyone from the aides to Dr. Scott Tatum who treated their family with compassion and care.
Ashley, 13, from Fulton
Ashley spent the 2011 holiday season fighting for her life at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Diagnosed that December with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, she immediately began rigorous chemo that required her to be isolated as she lost her hair and appetite. Ashley found strength in her family, and the Child Life Specialists at Golisano who work to make life as normal and enriching as possible for kids like Ashley. Today, almost three years later, Ashley is healthy and both her and her family credit the hospital for saving her life.
 
Davan, 8
Davan has Diamond Blackfin Anemia, which is a severe disorder of the bone marrow, which does not produce new blood cells. He loves to play with the dinosaurs (especially T-Rex!) and other toys while he is getting infusions at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
 
Ethan, 7, from Canastota
Ethan is currently in treatment at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital for acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He was diagnosed on his fifth birthday in June 2012 and continues treatment today with oral chemotherapy at home. He also comes into the hospital every 12 weeks for traditional chemotherapy, and spinal tap chemotherapy.
   
Zach, 15, from Marcellus
Zach is one of just five children worldwide with a form of Mucolipidosis that caused him to stop growing at age two. Today, he’s 15 and has surpassed the life expectancy for children with this disease. He comes into Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital for monthly infusions to help manage pain from severe bone deformities. He has had 10 surgeries over his lifetime, but still has a wonderful smile!

 

BEARS FOR OUR SURGERY PATIENTS

Stowell/Supermodified Racing, now known as the Stowell Bear Team, raises money to build bears at Build-A-Bear and donates them to the Pediatric Surgery Center.  Each bear come with a birth certificate, an x-ray and a scrub outfit that is custom made by one of  the 8 seamstresses on the team.   Children are given bears before they have surgery and they name the bear and it is written on it's birth certificate.  Upon awakening, the staff talks to the child about the bear.  Focusing on the bears helps the children be less afraid during their surgical experience. 

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