Physicians help children and families through legacy gift to the Upstate Foundation

“Leaving Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital as a beneficiary in our will was an easy decision for us,” says Dr. Richard Sills, former director of the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders, and Dr. Irene Sills, former professor of pediatrics, pediatric endocrinologist at Upstate University Hospital.

“We want to support its success beyond our years. Taking care of patients is only part of our vision. Our goal is to perpetuate not only the best medical care possible to children and their families, but to help support them through all the challenges that can arise from having a child who becomes seriously ill,” the Sillses said at the time they made their gift. 

“Our Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding amenities that help make a child’s stay as normal as possible. Our child life specialists, school teachers and social workers are all part of the healing process. Many of these services and resources such as the school room, library and game room are not covered by insurance. 

 “Yet we have seen firsthand how essential these are, especially for the children who are here a lot. 

“We have also seen the impact of bequests. Working here, we see the needs up close. It’s not just about picking a charity to include in our will. It’s the feeling of confidence that we know it will help children in the future.” 

The Sills have since retired from Upstate and no longer live in the area, leaving this generous legacy behind to benefit the children of Central New York. 


For more information about ways to create your own personal Legacy, contact your financial advisor or call the Upstate Foundation, 315-464-4416.