Grateful Patient & Family Program

I am grateful and want to help.

Providing exceptional care in a compassionate way – that is what Upstate doctors, nurses and caregivers strive to do every day. You have a personal understanding of how extraordinary care has impacted your health and quality of life, or that of a loved one. 

A gift of gratitude is a meaningful way to express your appreciation while lending a helping hand to other patients in need. Friend In Deed, Upstate University Hospital’s annual fund, supports a variety of unmet patient needs. Joseph’s story is just one example of how your gift can make a real difference.

Joseph was exhausted and ill after undergoing intense chemotherapy treatments. The nutritional supplements given to him at the end of each treatment, provided by Friend In Deed, helped Joseph regain his strength when at home recovering. Joseph did not have the financial means to purchase the supplements, so critical to his recovery. 

As a grateful patient or family member, your gift to Upstate University Hospital’s Friend In Deed annual fund will have a simple yet meaningful purpose – to help patients during their time of greatest need.


View the compelling videos below or click here to read more grateful patient stories.


Didi Frechette and her family are grateful for the care her son Luke received while battling a rare from of cancer at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital's. The Frechette family established the Lukie's SOUL fund at the Upstate Foundation so that the school classroom has all the supplies children need while being hospitalized and Luke is forever remembered.


Nicole Petrone is grateful for the extraordinary care her mother Andrea received while undergoing cancer treatment at Upstate University Hospital. Raising funds for the Upstate Cancer Center and establishing a fund at the Upstate Foundation in Andrea's name to help patients in their time of need, was important to the Petrone family, because giving back was instilled by Andrea. 


Brandon Spillett is carrying on his dad's spirit as a grateful son and Philanthropist for Upstate Foundation!