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Child's Memory Lives on Through Foundation's Work

Child's Memory Lives on Through Foundation's Work

Anthony Poselovich was only 4 years old when he passed away after a battle with liver cancer. His parents, Cathi and Jason, have honored his memory by founding the Anthony Poselovich Memorial Foundation to raise funds for Golisano Children's Hospital and help others who are facing similar hardships. 

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High-Risk Cancer Marks Firsts for Newborn and Hospital

delaneyDelaney Doyle was just 15 days old when Kelly McMillin noticed her daughter’s abdomen was extremely swollen and distended. After having a normal pregnancy and delivery, Kelly, a nurse at Pain Treatment Medicine of the Finger Lakes, knew something wasn’t right. On Aug. 28, 2013, she and her husband Eric Doyle, residents of Clifton Springs, took Delaney to her pediatrician Odet Youssef, M.D., at Thompson Health’s Thompson Family Care. Little did they know, the next year would be full of overcoming medical obstacles, with multiple firsts for both the Doyle family and Delaney’s care team at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

After preliminary examinations, the Doyles were told to immediately bring their newborn girl to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Golisano Children’s Hospital. It was there that an ultrasound showed Delaney’s liver was extremely swollen and a large tumor was sitting on top of the adrenal gland on her left kidney.      

“Being a nurse, I was going through a check list in my head as to what it could be,” said Kelly. “It was all very devastating, especially with her just being 2 weeks old.” 

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Upcoming Community Events "Go Gold" for Cancer Research

The crisp air and sunshine of fall are perfect for participating in community fundraisers that get you outside and active for a great cause! With September being National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month there are multiple opportunities to support cancer research and awareness right in our own community. 

Here are a few upcoming events that benefit Golisano Children's Hospital: annalise

  • Sept. 20, Annalise's Friends' 3rd annual 5K Run/Walk: Held at Baker Park in Canandaigua, this event kicks off with pre-registration at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Run will start at 9 a.m., followed by a kids' run at 10 a.m. Held in honor of 2013 Golisano Children's Hospital Miracle Kid Courtney Wagner, the event benefits childhood cancer research. Register at active.com with the key word "Annalise" and visit the Annalise's Friends web site to learn more about the organization. Event Flyer
  • Sept. 27, Run for the Gold 5K Run/Walk: Head to the Wolcott Street tennis courts in LeRoy for registration at 8 a.m. Hosted by the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, the race starts at 9 a.m. Register at active.com or visit the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation web site for more information. Participate in a special raffle with a Dinner for 10 prize and you could win a five-course gourmet dinner, paired with wine, for you and nine of your friends at an intimate home setting in Batavia. Raffle Flyer
  • Crosbys FundSept. 27, PhotoFinish 5K for Crosby's Fund: Participate in the George Eastman's House PhotoFinish 5K, starting at 8 a.m., in support of neuroblastoma research at Golisano Children's Hospital and the Wilmot Cancer Institute. Be a part of the Crosby's Fund team by walking or running or donate online!                                                             

Cancer is one of the seven priority programs of the children's hospital's $100 million campaign and organizations around the region are going gold, the color of awareness for pediatric cancer, for our children. We appreciate all of your support! 

 

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Whipping Childhood Cancer and Spreading Awareness

whipped creamRaising awareness about a cause, especially one that impacts children, is important to faculty and staff at Golisano Children's Hospital, even if it means getting a little messy. In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, seven members of the hematology/oncology team at GCH took pies to the face to raise awareness and money for the cause on Sept. 2. The effort is part of a national initiative called “Whipping Childhood Cancer,” which challenges individuals to take a video of themselves getting hit in the face with a pie tin or paper plate of whipped cream and donate $7 to a pediatric cancer charity of their choice.

Participants are encouraged to nominate seven friends to take the challenge. If the challenge is not completed within 46 hours, nominees are asked to donate $46 and still nominate seven people.

Why 46 hours and seven people? Every day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer and seven children lose their lives to a form of the disease.

Check out our patients getting in on the action in our challenge video!

Care Coordinator and 4-3600 Nurse Leader Amy Roth, R.N., organized the challenge from the department with hopes of it taking off. "You could see the excitement on their faces as they came toward us with the pies," said Amy. "It was important for us to invite patients to participate because they are the ones we are raising awareness for. We are hoping our small group will help this challenge go viral, just like the ice bucket challenge did for ALS, and will help to find a cure, support kids and families affected by cancer, and whip childhood cancer out of existence altogher."

One of the seven patients who was eager to get her hands on a pie of whipped cream was 2010 Miracle Kid Hailey Coniber. Hailey, now 7, was in remission until last year when doctors found spots on her lungs. Through it all, Hailey has developed close relationships with her medical team, with pediatric oncologist Lauren Bruckner, M.D., Ph.D., gladly accepting a pie-to-the-face from Hailey on Tuesday. Watch Channel 8's coverage of the challenge and learn more about Hailey's journey here.

To learn how a gift from you can help advance our care of patients like Hailey, visit "Curing Cancer in Children" on our Giving site. Cancer is one of the seven priority programs of our current $100 million campaign.

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"We are Roman Strong" gives back during Miracle Weekend

RomanFans of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Facebook page, Darcy Eichas-Statt and Kevin Statt began seeing promotions for the 18th annual Stroll for Strong Kids walk and 5K and knew they had to get involved and give back to the hospital that helped their son.
 
The “We are Roman Strong” team will be joining thousands of other children’s hospital advocates in the Peace, Love, and Healing-themed Stroll for Strong Kids event, May 31, at Genesee Valley Park. The much-anticipated event kicks off Miracle Weekend, with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon following on News10NBC June 1.
 
Before Roman’s second birthday, Darcy and Kevin noticed their son was developing spots on his legs. Roman’s daycare teacher had also mentioned he was bruising more than the other kids. Darcy took Roman to their pediatrician at Genesis Pediatrics in Rochester who diagnosed him with petechiae – red or purple spots on the skin caused by broken capillary blood vessels – and believed he had a blood disorder. They advised the Statt family to take their son to UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital immediately for further blood testing. After treating what initially looked like a blood disorder, doctors performed a bone marrow biopsy and found Roman had leukemia.
 
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