For the 12th consecutive year, the Pittsford Mendon and Pittsford Sutherland boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams faced each other in a sold-out, tremendously spirited, and extremely close Rainbow Classic. On the evening of Dec. 21, community members filled the University of Rochester’s Louis A. Alexander Palestra bleachers for the long-established competition. The rivals come together to support and raise money for Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). This year, both Pittsford Mendon teams ended the night as champions.
In 2001, Pittsford residents Brian and Barb Pasley created the Rainbow Classic in memory of their daughter, Katelyn, who was treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Pasleys were soon joined by their friends Steve and Kim McCluski who lost their son Ryan. In honor of their children, the two families have raised funds that have supported many Golisano Children’s Hospital patients and programs, totaling more than $250,000 over the last 12 years.
For the second consecutive year, funds from the Rainbow Classic were donated to the children’s hospital’s Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program.
“The Rainbow Classic is a wonderful way for the community to gather and support the children’s hospital and one of our premiere programs,” said Richard Kreipe, M.D., the Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professor in Pediatrics funded by Roger & Carolyn Friedlander and director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder program. “The successful basketball event helps us continue to help young people and their families move toward a healthy adulthood.”
Kreipe spoke at the event on behalf of the children’s hospital and was presented with a $26,000 check for the eating disorder program.
Pittsford Mendon senior and varsity cheerleader Anna Grace Kelly was also recognized for selling the most advertising space in game programs. The junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders raised $8,200 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Kelly sold $2,465 worth of ads, representing 31 of the 92 featured local merchants.
Money raised by the Rainbow Classic will benefit the program in a number of ways, including providing researchers and clinicians the resources to better understand the roots of the disorder, training future health care experts, and developing more effective methods of prevention and treatment.
“We feel strongly about supporting the program because it is important to recognize challenges associated with an eating disorder and how it impacts people in our community and the Rochester region, as well as nationally,” Brian Pasley said.
Millions of young people across the country struggle with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In many cases, these diseases become life-threatening. Fortunately, more than 80 percent of patients treated for an eating disorder at Golisano Children’s Hospital attain a healthy eating pattern and body weight that enables them to go on to live healthy, productive lives.
The 25-year-old program, located within the Division of Adolescent Medicine, has been recognized as a designated referral site for the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. The particular model of the program is viewed as the cornerstone for a statewide, integrated, coordinated system of care serving children, adolescents, and young adults from across New York State and has developed treatment guidelines with support from the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
Designed to evaluate and treat individuals who have diagnosed eating disorders and to aid those who have been exhibiting signs and symptoms, the program is made up of clinicians and researchers who specialize in Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology, Nutrition, Nursing, Social Work, and Teen Life and offers both inpatient and outpatient services.
The program continues to develop and draw upon the most up-to-date and proven methods of treatment and serves as one of seven priority programs of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s $100 million capital campaign.
To donate to the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program, please contact Scott Rasmussen, assistant VP for URMC Advancement, at (585) 273-5932.