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PICU Nurses Build Relationships in Families’ Toughest Times

PICU Nurses Build Relationships in Families’ Toughest Times

In virtually every part of the children's hospital, nurses are the engines that keep clinical operations running. And in a care setting as sensitive as the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, their importance cannot be overstated. 

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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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2014 Miracle Weekend Celebrates "Outta Sight" Success

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More than 7,000 Golisano Children's Hospital supporters filled Genesee Valley Park May 31 for the 18th annual Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K Run. The Peace, Love and Healing-themed event raised a groovy record-breaking total of $445,000 for the region's only children's hospital - and you can still donate online until June 30!
 
It was a beautiful day filled with wonderful people, including hundreds of teams, as well as individuals, decked out in colorful t-shirts, many honoring a special person or division of the children's hospital.
 
 
chaseCMNH Telethon Celebrates Miracles
 
Children and families touched by Golisano Children’s Hospital came together on June 1 to share their remarkable stories at the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Telethon, presented by Tops Friendly Markets and hosted by News10NBC.
 
A part of our annual Miracle Weekend, the event recognized the heart-wrenching stories of our 2014 Miracle Kids, as well as those from past years and other supportive and grateful patient families. Co-hosted by News10NBC anchors Nikki Rudd, Lia Lando, Brett Davidsen and Scott Kilbury, the Telethon also allowed time to acknowledge the hard work our CMNH sponsors have put in over the past year, revealing their different fundraising totals throughout the day.
 
 

 

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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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May is for Miracles

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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

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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.