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May is for Miracles


Every May, we, at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital, can barely wait for the Celebration of Miracles Luncheon to announce the 2014 Miracle Makers and Miracle Kids. Today, we finally got to reveal who they are at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center!

Our Miracle Makers are an incredible group of supporters who help make possible the care we provide to our region's children and their families. We would be lost without the dedication and sacrifice of these organizations, companies, individuals and parents:

Tricia White

Cycle for Hope

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Drive for Miracles Radiothon

Our five brave 2014 Miracle Kids were also announced at the luncheon. They are children who have beat the odds and represent the 70,000 others who come to Golisano Children's Hospital every year for care:

Brynn Taylor

Andrew Lagares

Katie Foster

Blake Gauss

Chase Ayles

Please help us celebrate our Miracle Kids by participating in the Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K Run May 31 and watch the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon on News10NBC June 1.

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There's Still Time to Register for the 2014 Stroll for Strong Kids

Hippie SandyThis year's peace, love and healing-themed Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K will take place Saturday, May 31, at Genesee Valley Park and is guaranteed to be a groovy time!

The 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 10:30 a.m.

The event will continue until 1 p.m. with family-friendly activities, including bounce houses, carnival games, photo booths, dunk tanks, arts and crafts and much more!

There's still plenty of time to register and ask your friends to join your team or support your fundraising efforts. Click here to learn how.

Our top individual online fundraisers right now are:

Our top team online fundraisers right now are:

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Meet our 2014 Miracle Kids on Our New Instagram!

Are you on Instagram? We are! Follow our account, @URMed_GCH, for a sneak peek of our 2014 Miracle Kids, five courageous kids who have overcome great medical obstacles with the support of their incredible families and medical teams.

Keep up-to-date with the latest at Golisano Children's Hospital through our pictures! In addition to the Miracle Kids, you will see photos of construction progress on our future building, Playdeck activities, faculty and staff, patients, events and more.

We appreciate your support!

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Baby Girl Overcomes Multiple Medical Obstacles


An ovarian cancer survivor, Krystle Ellis didn’t think she was ever going to be able to have a baby. For her and her husband, Ricardo, the world changed, when they got the news in February 2012 that Krystle was pregnant. While the Brighton couple firmly believed the pregnancy was a miracle, they had no idea about the journey they had yet to face.
From her first ultrasound at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Krystle knew something was wrong. The scan showed that baby Brooke’s neck was hyper-extended and her brain and musculoskeletal system weren’t developing correctly. Krystle also had a uterine fibroid tumor that was sitting on top of Brooke’s head, taking up most of her space in the womb.
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Future children's hospital reached a new construction milestone

main loby constructionAs we move into a season of growth and renewal, the construction of UR Medicine’s future Golisano Children’s Hospital, scheduled to open its doors in 2015, continues to progress in many ways. While the finishing touches are being put on the building’s exterior, the installation of the interior details is really just beginning – and we can’t wait to see how they look!

In addition to the exterior framing being close to complete, the interior framing is also almost finished. One of the most exciting steps in the building’s recent progress is the start of the bridge connection, which will allow families, faculty, and staff to commute from the children’s hospital into Strong Memorial Hospital, and vice versa. The bridge is expected to be completed in late summer or early fall.

The new hospital will  provide our region’s families with the best environment for healing, with places for gathering, respite, resting, and playing. Some of the fun features will be the different play areas, including a secret play pod, named by generous children’s hospital supporters Wayne and Beverly LeChase,  in one of the walls of the main lobby. Other play spaces include a special area for teens, multiple interactive games, a play deck and more.

To learn more about how you can be a part of this exciting project, please contact the Advancement Office at (585) 273-5948.