Community Spotlight

Harrowing start to son’s life empowers Milburn family to help hospital in many ways

The Milburn familyA deep passion to give back to the hospital that saved their son’s life serves as continuous motivation for Mike and Patti Milburn. The Milburns are deeply involved in supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Golisano Children’s Hospital, where their son, Cory, spent the early months of his life. Born 15 weeks premature, at just 1 pound, 8 ounces, Cory was featured as a Golisano Children’s Hospital Miracle Kid in 2009. (To read his incredible story, visit

The Milburns are committed to the hospital in many ways, making a point of sharing their inspiring tale with the hope of comforting and encouraging others to believe that miracles really can happen. Mike and Patti have taken leadership roles on the NICU’s Parent-to-Parent Committee, to help other families whose babies are being treated in the NICU. As parent advocates, they’ve been part of the Hospital Building Planning Committee from its onset, to ensure that the new Golisano Children’s Hospital meets families’ needs.

On top all of this, Mike and Patti are active volunteers when it comes to hospital fundraising events. Since they began participating in the Stroll for Strong Kids in 2009, the Milburns have ranked within the top three Golisano Children’s Hospital fundraisers for the most funds raised every year. They also donate their time to volunteer at the Children’s Hospital Gala, the Ten Ugly Men Festivaland other community fundraising events. In addition, the Milburn family hosts two fundraisers of their own – a casino bus-trip fundraiser in March and a euchre tournament in April.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is deeply appreciative of all the support and generosity from the Milburn family over the years. Mike and Patti’s appreciation of and continuous dedication to the hospital help more babies like Cory receive the best possible care.

Kittleberger Florist grows good deeds on the green to give back

The impact that Golisano Children’s Hospital has on our community’s children may be overlooked, unless you realize how many families have benefitted from the hospital’s wide range of services. In addition to caring for children with chronic illnesses, our health care providers also tend to acute injuries and diseases and perform a full complement of surgical procedures. Because of its extensive reach into our community’s families, it’s not uncommon to find someone with a personal connection to Golisano Children’s Hospital – perhaps even by stopping at the local florist’s shop.

Four years ago, the daughter of Billy Horeth, of Kittleberger Florist, was admitted and treated for a cleft palate. Having experienced the extraordinary services and care that the hospital offers its patients and families, the Horeths were motivated to give back to the help the hospital that does so much good for so many people.

As a result, the Horeth family – along with everyone at Kittleberger Florist – hosts the annual Kittleberger Golf Tournament to support Golisano Children’s Hospital. At noon on Monday, Aug. 6, golf lovers will gather at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Course to tee off for kids’ health. Participants will enjoy an afternoon of golf and a complimentary dinner to celebrate the day’s success. To register for this year’s event, please call (585) 737-4008 or email

The appreciation and dedication the folks at Kittleberger Florist have shown for the hospital is helping children in our community receive the best quality of care that they not only need, but that they deserve. Golisano Children’s Hospital extends its immense gratitude to everyone at Kittleberger Florist for their continuous support and generosity.

Multimedia in this Issue:

Pediatrician-in-Chief Shows off New Golisano Children's Hospital Plans

Nina Schor video

Eating Disorders: Parents are Part of the Solution

Kreipe video