Friend in Deed – How your generosity helps


Nutritional Supplements

Thanks to Friend In Deed donors, in one year over 1,250 cans of nutritional supplements were given to patients to help them stay healthy. From left are members of Upstate’s Hepatobilary & Pancreatic Surgery Group: Dillip Kuttar, MD, Karen Chick, NP, Ajay Jain, MD, Olivia King, NP and Holly Briere, RN.

Joseph’s Story

Joseph, a widower with no family in the area, underwent intense chemotherapy treatments at Upstate University Hospital and was exhausted and ill after each treatment. The nutritional supplements given to him at the end of each treatment were provided through Friend In Deed donations. The supplements helped Joe regain his strength and stamina while he is at home recovering. He is grateful for the assistance, because he doesn’t have the financial means to purchase these much-needed supplements.  


2012-Natalie-LeFebvreClothing for Dignity Fund

Clothing is available 365 days a year for Upstate University Hospital patients in need. Mark Buttliglieri, MSW, director of social work is pictured with a small portion of the clothing that is funded by Friend In Deed donors. 

“Several times a year, hospital staff take inventory and provide me with a list of clothing needs. My wife and I go to a local retailer and fill several carts. The mission of this program is clear as we bag clothes that will meet the needs of many patients and families. ”

Mark Buttiglieri, Upstate’s director of social work has personally shopped for the Clothing for Dignity Fund for many years. 



Bundle of Hope Basket

Your gift supports a Bundle of Hope Basket filled with necessities for a newborn baby with a facial abnormality.

 “Newborn babies with a facial abnormality visit Upstate University Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center within the first 10 days of life. At that time, parents are provided detailed information about the most effective way to feed their baby, monitor their airways and other care issues specific to their child. The relationship between the staff and newborn baby lasts many years, so it is essential that it begins with a feeling of care and compassion. The Bundle of Hope Basket holds many newborn care items specific to their needs and illustrates the staff’s understanding and sincerity,” explained Eileen Marrinan, Clinical Director at Upstate University Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center.


We Matter program

Your generous contribution to Friend In Deed helped fund the Upstate Cancer Center “We Matter” program. This program brings together health care providers and members of lower income communities to provide education and awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. “Our residential health advocates who live in the community bring the information and screening opportunities to their peers, which is helping to reach individuals 50 years and older.  We Matter will help save lives and that is what we are here to do,” explained Linda Veit, MPH, of the Upstate Cancer Center.

Smoking cession program 

Tobacco use kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. Your generous donation provides counseling and medication to help our patients who smoke and are unable to afford treatment to end this very addictive habit. It is extremely difficult for smokers to quit on their own and the smoking cession program offers help. “Smoking leads to disease, disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. Helping our patients quit is often a life or death situation,” explained Theresa Hankin, RRT, CTTS, program coordinator of “Get Quit and Stay Quit.”


These are just a few examples of the many programs that benefit from Friend in Deed funding. Each year new applications are considered. Please be a Friend in Deed to Upstate's patients and donate.