Computer Donation a Show of Support for Hospital, Young Girl
July 17, 2002
A personal connection and a good deal of perseverance led to the July 15 donation of a new iMac computer to a patient area at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. In March, Lindsay Fitzgerald, 5, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and spent several months being treated as an inpatient on the hospital’s 4-3600 unit.
Lindsay’s father, David Fitzgerald, is a senior software specialist at the University of Rochester, of which Golisano Children’s Hospital is a part. His colleagues in the department of Information Technology Services (ITS) - led by Cameron Johnson - worked tirelessly to get a new computer for children to use. George Schwalb, manager of the University’s ITS Computer Sales, and Joe Hazard, higher education representative from Apple computers, also played key roles in securing the gift. ITS Computer Sales also donated a Kodak DX3600 digital camera.
Lindsay, of Greece, was on hand for the donation of the computer. She was joined by her father, David; mother, Kelley; brother, Ben; and sister, Jaimee. “A lot of people had the desire to do something to help, but they didn’t know what to do,” David Fitzgerald says. “Cameron Johnson took all of that energy and was able to focus it and make something good happen.”
Golisano Children’s Hospital is the Rochester region’s only children’s hospital. The hospital is in the midst of $30 million fund-raising campaign. Its top priority is raising enough money to build a new 22-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.