During National Cancer Awareness Month, Golisano Children’s Hospital Works to Become Ever Better

Michaela Deeg

During National Cancer Awareness Month, Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center has been busy working to become ever better to help the kids of today and tomorrow. Read about the work we’re doing with partner organizations, foundations, families and friends, to help our patients with cancer and their families below:

To start, we’d like to share an incredible story of Michaela Deeg, a teen who, with grace, courage and poise, has taken her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in stride. Michaela’s mom, Lori, wrote about her daughter’s journey through treatment. We hope that this letter shines some light into what it’s like for teens with cancer, and what resources are available right her in Rochester.

Dr. Korones, Christine Brouwer and Jade Giesy

Mira’s Movement, an organization based in Ithaca, announced the launch of an online patient support network for families of children diagnosed with cancer on Sept. 13. Mira’s Movement works closely with members of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s community, like Dr. David Korones, a compassionate and dedicated pediatric oncologist here, and Jade Giesy, a social worker in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. For more on the project, read this great Democrat and Chronicle article.

We also invite you to check out a story from our spring newsletter (on page 3), on the hospital’s partnership with CURE Childhood Cancer — another fabulous resource for kids being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital for cancer.

Patient at Hope on Wheels

Two Golisano Children’s Hospital researchers were the recipients of $100,000 grants from Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels program. Dr. Craig Mullen, chief of Pediatric Oncology at Golisano Children’s Hospital, was awarded funding to study antibodies in the immune system after a bone-marrow transplant, to see whether they might be used to attack leukemia cells and kill them. Dr. Jeffrey Andolina, assistant professor of pediatric oncology at the hospital, was awarded a grant at the end of August, to study genes in patients who’ve had a bone-marrow transplant. Read the Democrat and Chronicle‘s story on the two grants for more information.

To read about other patients who have been treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital for cancer, read about Katelin Ivison, Bridgette Merriman, Hailey Coniber, Brooklynn Spencer and Anders Swanson. For more on what services we offer for families of kids with cancer, click here. Information on pediatric cancer research at Golisano Children’s Hospital is available here. To help our efforts to improve the lives of kids with cancer, check out our giving site.

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