Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Your gifts help pediatric patients every day.

Through the generosity of many donors – Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals retail partners, community organizations, school groups and countless individuals – the Upstate Foundation raised $2.4 million for pediatric programs and services in 2018.

An allocations committee was assembled to help the Upstate Foundation determine how some of those contributions would be spent. Comprised of 25 community physicians, Upstate hospital administrators and staff, and retail partners, the committee then had the fulfilling task of awarding funds, ultimately selecting 24 pediatric initiatives for support. The following are just a few:

  • The Child Life Program helps young patients cope with the often overwhelming world of the hospital. Funding was provided for games, videos, distraction toys, family and holiday meals, birthday cakes, and items for seven activity rooms and five aquariums.
  • Funding for unmet pediatric patient needs helped with items not covered by insurance, such as gas cards, meal tickets and emergency housing for families.
  • Communication toolswere provided to help child consultation-liaison psychiatrists to better assess, manage and treat the growing population of children with psychiatric needs.
  • Funding for patient experience and the art gallery supported programs and events for pediatric patients and families.
  • Books, magazines, puzzles and games were purchased for the Family Resource Center.
  • Craft supplies for the art therapy program not only entertained hospitalized children but also helped them express their emotions about their illness. 
  • The Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team is vital to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s ability to provide comprehensive care to critically ill children across its 22-county service area. Funding was allocated for training and equipment for this important service.

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.