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You Can Help Make the Future Brighter for Our Children

Nurse with patientA child’s laugh is music to our ears. It is a sign of life and hope. It is a reminder of why we are here: to keep moving forward to achieve the best in pediatric research, treatment, specialists and facilities.

As part of the Golisano Children's Hospital campaign, we are focusing on seven priority programs to enhance care, research and education for the benefit of our current and future patients.

Our seven priority programs are:


More children are surviving childhood cancer. Today we have the potential to create innovative approaches to prevent, treat, and improve the long-term health of children who have won the battle against cancer. With your help, we will give children access to early phase clinical trials, and enhance their quality of life by preserving brain function in children who survive brain cancer. We also need help to recruit and retain the finest directors, clinicians, researchers, and support staff and bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care


We are poised to revolutionize care for our smallest and most fragile patients. Our challenge is to develop more specialized research and clinical programs associated with two of the most serious injuries, lung and brain, to ensure the lifelong health of these fragile infants. With your help, we will create a Neonatal Lung Injury Prevention program to allow our patients local access to the most cutting-edge therapies available. Your support will also create a Neonatal Brain Injury and Neurological Disease program to continue our research and clinical programs to prevent abnormalities of brain development and brain injury.


There is currently no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder, but there is an increasing demand for the treatment and support of the disease. Autism affects one in every 68 children in the U.S., and we are now diagnosing autism in children as young as two years of age. With your help, we will search for the most effective treatments and understand the medical and behavioral symptoms and their causes. We will also teach the next generation of clinicians how to care for children with autism and the adults they will become.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses that affect a growing number of children, adolescents and their families. With your help, we will train the next generation of healthcare professionals to sustain and enhance services that recognize, prevent and treat eating disorders. We also need support to meet the growing demand for inpatient and outpatient treatment, as well as community outreach programs.

Cardiovascular Disease

Congenital heart disease is the most common major birth defect, with one in every 120 babies affected. Decades ago there wasn’t much hope for these babies. Today, we perform life-saving heart surgery on newborns that live into adulthood. With your help, we will conduct research on how children’s hearts become susceptible to disease and find new ways to diagnose and treat children who are affected by these diseases. We will also teach and train the next generation of pediatric cardiologists, researchers and surgeons.


There is a critical need to teach and train the next generation of pediatric surgeons. And as the breadth of the region we serve grows, so do the numbers of surgical cases and their complexity, and the need to continue to attract and retain surgical specialists. With your help, we will focus on developing minimally invasive surgical techniques, recruit more talented surgeons, and equip new facilities and operating rooms for our patients.

Supportive Care Team

As more children with chronic diseases live longer, there will be a growing need for supportive care at the hospital bedside, in outpatient clinics, and at home. This team approach helps us deliver compassionate care to children and families as they struggle with increasingly difficult decisions. With your help, we will add staff to meet the demand for 200-250 additional consultations each year. We also need support to develop a program to meet the increasing care and needs of expectant mothers with high-risk for infants birth defects. Subsequently, we must continue to educate current and future pediatricians, physicians and specialists on their specific needs.

More Information

For more information regarding how you can support these important programs, please contact:

Golisano Children's Hospital
University of Rochester Advancement
Phone: (585) 273-5948