Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Helping children with every gift

Each year, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provides expert and compassionate care to thousands of sick and injured children from its 22-county service area. Due to the pandemic, pediatric patients and their families endured an additional challenge in 2020 as many children were quarantined with one parent during their stay, sometimes for weeks on end.

With the help of donors whose generosity was undiminished by Covid-19, an allocations committee assembled to help the Upstate Foundation determine the best use for these much-needed resources. Comprised of 25 members – including community physicians, Upstate hospital administrators and staff, and retail partners – the committee awarded funds to 24 initiatives.

Highlights included: 

  • Child Life Program – More than 200 in-room activity kits were created; magicians and balloon artists entertained via Zoom; and art classes were held by closed-circuit television to help keep patients and parents occupied.
  • Family Resource Center – To help boost patients’ spirits, donor support enabled the hospital to add to its library of assets, including current, popular movies, DVDs, board and computer games, and e-books. A music therapy program was also developed to help reduce pain and anxiety, provide avenues for self-expression, encourage positive coping strategies and support rehabilitative goals.
  • Unmet Needs – Funds helped families with expenses not covered by insurance, such as meal tickets, parking, gas cards and other unanticipated emergency expenses.
  • Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry Unit – Anxiety about Covid-19 resulted in an increase in young patients needing care. They, too, needed activities to keep them occupied as a result of visitor restrictions. 
  • In short, generous donor support once again had a direct and very real impact “for the kids.” Thank you!


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.