Staunch Community Support on Display During Miracle Weekend

June 03, 2003

People throughout the Rochester and Finger Lakes region reinforced their commitment to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong May 31 and June 1, helping the hospital celebrate its annual Miracle Weekend events in record-breaking fashion.

The hospital held its annual Stroll for Strong Kids Saturday, May 31, at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. Last year’s benchmarks – 1,000 participants raising $103,000 – were shattered during the event, as more than 1,300 people raised in excess of $130,000 to support the region’s only children’s hospital. After the Stroll, families enjoyed a special concert by Gary the Happy Pirate, as well as a free lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse. The hospital extends special thanks to the Stroll’s main sponsor, J.P. Morgan Chase.

Miracle Weekend also included the 20th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Telethon, broadcast live on 10NBC. The telethon, hosted by 10NBC’s Brett Davidsen, Rich Funke, Rick Hager, and Shelly Ribando - as well as past honoree Evan Cummings – highlighted stories of the five 2003 Miracle Kids:

·        Casey Anderson, 10 months, of Walworth, was diagnosed at birth with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. With this condition, the main pumping chamber of the heart, the left ventricle, is either absent or so small that it is unable to function and can’t adequately pump blood to the body. Casey has already completed two of three heart surgeries that are needed to repair the problem.

·        Cody Craft, 13, of Nunda, suffered a devastating brain injury after he and his father were involved in a violent car accident. Cody underwent emergency brain surgery and is continuing to rehabilitate. He hopes to return to school in the fall.

·        Madison King, 18 months, is a triplet whose heartbeat went undetected for 15 minutes before and after she was born. Doctors marvel at her amazing recovery after a short stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Madison lives near Olean.

·        Stacey Perrotta, 16, of Irondequoit, overcame a cancerous tumor that was so rare that the hospital’s pediatric oncologists had never seen one in person. Stacey’s triumph required surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and a positive attitude that no doubt played a major role in her recovery.

·        Jacob Sartini, 1, of Penfield, was diagnosed last year with craniosynostosis, a condition in which the sutures in his head were closing too early, preventing further - and normal - growth and expansion of the skull. He underwent surgery and is doing well.

With more than 120 beds, Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions dedicated solely to the care of children. It is in the midst of a comprehensive fund-raising campaign that will support a five-year strategic plan to bolster the services, research, and facilities - including a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit - that are available to children.

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