Patients Make Memories at Craniofacial Camp

July 26 was a perfect day for this year’s Craniofacial Camp. Rays of sunlight beamed on Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of North Java, New York, where dozens of patients from Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Center gathered for a day of fun and memory making at the 10th annual picnic.

As the only center in the region dedicated to the needs and treatment of children born with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial anomalies,  the Craniofacial Center’s mission is to provide optimal care through a team-oriented approach, improving the quality of life for its patients.

Camp guests, including members of the craniofacial team, spent time kayaking, canoeing, splashing in a water park, swimming, picnic-ing, and playing games as they shared stories and made plans to reunite again next year. Yogi Bear and his friends even showed up to take pictures with everyone!

Whether it’s at Craniofacial Camp or the children’s hospital’s annual Stroll for Strong Kids, families always look forward to seeing and supporting one another. The bond they share is something truly special.

Another summer event aimed at bringing families together is the Hearts Go Wild picnic, set for Aug. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Seneca Park Zoo. The 3rd annual picnic is put on by the Mended Little Hearts of Greater Rochester and Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Heart Center. Cardiac patients will have the opportunity to continue to bond with one another (or possibly meet for the first time) and develop meaningful friendships.

Cardiovascular disease and  surgery are two of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s seven priority programs of its $100 million campaign. To find out more about how you can support these programs, please visit our “Support Our Programs” page.

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