This Holiday Season, Small Miracles Make Great Strides

Evan Cavagnaro, a NICU grad, has defied expectations. Click on the photo to watch a video about all that this first grader has been through.

“Just like riding a bike, life can be an uphill climb.” Casey Bortnick from YNN Rochester starts his story about the Cavagnaro family with an important message about the road that lies ahead for many babies born prematurely. Yet despite the incredible obstacles that Golisano Children’s Hospital‘s tiniest patients are faced with, they rise to the occasion, time and time again — growing stronger and defying expectations.

This week, as we celebrate the holiday season, we wanted to share three stories of small miracles who have made amazing strides.

  • The first story is about Evan Cavagnaro. Born four months before his due date, Evan was just 1 pound, 4 ounces, when he came into the world. Now in first grade, Evan has come a long way. Watch this video about Evan’s journey from YNN Rochester.
  • From day one, Krista Celso knew her baby girl Olivia would be a fighter. Olivia, who was born at less than 1 pound, will celebrate her first holiday season at home with her family this year. Read Olivia’s story here.
  • You’re in for a real treat with this one. After receiving our happy holidays e-newsletter, a grateful mom shared this video with us. We were blown away by the angelic voice and impressive pipes we heard in this video of her son, Nicholas, who was born prematurely at 26 1/2 weeks gestation, weighing less than 1.5 pounds.

To learn about how we’re hoping to enhance Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Neonatology program, which has been ranked as among the best in the nation, visit this section of the Planning for our Future page.

This holiday season, we’d like to express our sincere gratitude for everyone who has helped support Golisano Children’s Hospital. Thank you, for helping make miracles happen right here, in our own community. We wish you and your loved ones all the best now and in the coming new year!

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