Upstate Stories of Hope
(Left to right: Don Zorn, campaign manager for the Upstate Cancer Center, Simon Bruno and Max Lavelle of Bear Essentials Gear, Eileen Pezzi, Vice President for Development. Behind them is the top floor of the new cancer center under construction.)
Two young entrepreneurs, Max Lavelle and Simon Bruno, of Bear Essentials Gear presented a check for $1,510 to support pediatric cancer patients and thyroid cancer research. Donations were raised through the sale of dream catchers in thyroid cancer colors and poetry in honor of a family member, Max's sister and Simon's cousin.
In lieu of gifts for her 16th birthday, Anna asked friends and family to make a donation to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. She raised $500. She learned the importance of the hospital by volunteering during the summer of 2012 in the Family Resource Center.
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