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Making miracles in the month of May

At Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, miracles are not just seen in positive patient outcomes or the ability to send a once debilitated child home with their family. One of the greatest miracles we witness is the outpouring of caring and support from members of the Central New York community, which helps create a better experience and healthier future for our patients.

The Children's Miracle Network declares, "May is for Miracles." This is the time of year when you can purchase paper hot air balloons for $1 at area retailers to support the consortium of more than 170 hospitals. What you may not realize is that the money raised in CNY stays right here, at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, and supports essential programs that directly affect patients and their families.

Funds raised by Children's Miracle Network balloon sales at Walmart, Sam's Club, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Kinney Drugs, Tops Markets, Burger King and Panera Bread have contributed significantly to the Child Life program at the children's hospital. The Child Life program consists of 10 certified child life specialists- professionals whose focus is in the use of developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions that help children and their families cope with challenging life events and experiences related to healthcare and hospitalization. Children's Miracle Network dollars support activities of this group, as well as other key staff positions.

Additionally, money raised by the May is for Miracles campaign allow The Foundation for Upstate to assist families with unmet needs that arise during the hospitalization of a child. The range of needs is as vast and differing as the patient population itself. Funds have been made available to help families with car repairs or a new carseat following an accident, mortgage or rent payments, travel expenses, wheelchairs, burial costs and more.

For more information, or to make a donation to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, please visit us online.

Clare Arezina

Clare Arezina, board-certified music therapist, works with a young patient in the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Solarium. Funds raised by the Children's Miracle Network have been used to purchase instruments in support of music therapy.