Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

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When Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans handed a donation to the Golisano Children’s Hospital Wednesday,  it marked the 20th year of supporting child cancer treatment.  Paige’s Butterfly Run and the proceeds are also a way to remember their daughter who died of cancer.

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If charitable giving is on your list during the holiday season, here are some agencies focused on helping children.  The medical needs of children at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse vary greatly and some families have extended stays of 100 days or more.  Coordinator of Pediatric Programs, Jenny Dickinson says giving directly to the hospital is an option to assist families.

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Kelli Maher has never thought she would able to do this while she’s alive.

On the Friday before Christmas at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, she met with a eight-year-old girl who’s survived because of her help.

Maher donated her kidney to Cecilia Brown, who was diagnosed with Stage III renal failure at the age of five.

“The power to save somebody’s life is incredible,” Maher said with tears in her eyes. “It’s the true meaning of Christmas right here.”

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  Cupcakes crowned with multi-colored frosting with butterfly rings capped off a check presentation at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse on Wednesday.  Even sweeter was a $240,000 check from Paige’s Butterfly Run fundraiser held last summer and from events held throughout the year. It’s the largest gift to the hospital’s pediatric's unit received this year.  Paige Yeomans Arnold, whom the fund is named after, died of complications of her treatment for Leukemia in 1994.

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A dream that’s been in the making for a very long time came true for Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse today.  The hospital held the official ribbon cutting of the 74 Million Dollar Upstate Cancer Center to provide expanded care and treatment in a welcoming, state of the art building.

  

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Syracuse Police have arrested a male registered nurse who worked at the Golisano Children’s Hospital and charged him with four counts of a criminal sex act with an underage patient.  They believe the sexual contact happened last fall.  24 year-old Joseph P. Carelli from Marcellus is also being charged with misdemeanors of 3rd degree sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

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The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital wants anyone who cares for a baby to keep an uncluttered crib in mind.  Its part of a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign called Safe to Sleep.