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Festival of Trees Will Provide Funds to Purchase New Electronic Fetal

Proceeds from the 2010 Festival of Trees will fund new Electronic Fetal Monitors for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.   This gift, made possible in part by event sponsors like CGF Anesthesiology Associates, PC, Mark IV Industries Foundation, Tops Friendly Markets, Fisher-Price and the physician members of University at Buffalo Pediatric Associates, Inc., will enable the Hospital to replace all the monitors with the latest and most state-of-the–art equipment.  Constant monitoring and examination during the labor process will allow doctors to monitor progress and ensure the safest possible delivery with minimal complication for both baby and mother.    

Pet Connection Plans November Community Events

November is shaping up to be a very busy month for the volunteers of Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla.

On Friday, November 5, volunteers and puppies will visit one of Buffalo’s most historically significant buildings — the Larkin at Exchange Building — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spirit of Children Program Brings Halloween Party to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

A patient at Women & Children's Hospital and Deb King, Child Life Specialist, enjoy the Spirit of Children Halloween party together.

Spirit Halloween Volunteers put on their costumes and brought Halloween cheer to the patients and families of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo this past Tuesday, October 19. Pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts offer a temporary escape for the young patients.

The Spirit of Children program was launched in 2006 and is dedicated to bringing fun and funding to Hospital Child Life Departments during the Halloween season and all year long. Volunteer Spirit Halloween employees bring Halloween celebrations to the hospitals so kids can enjoy the holiday. Since its inception, Spirit of Children has raised more than $14,000 for the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to date.

Corpus Christi Parish to Host Hawaiian Luau to Benefit East Side Church

Corpus Christi Parish, considered to be a positive presence in maintaining a strong community in Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, is hosting a Hawaiian Luau to help continue preserving the church that has been named a “New York State Landmark” and added to the “National Register of Historic Places.” 

The Hawaiian Luau at Corpus Christi Parish, located at 199 Clark Street in Buffalo, will take place on Sunday October 24th, 2010, from the time immediately following the 11:30 AM mass to 9:00 PM.  A whole roasted pig buffet will take place from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  A “Hawaiian Casino” with numerous table games will be held throughout the event.

Holiday Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band to Benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Miles for Megan Benefits New Mother with Leukemia

When Megan Smith began going into labor, her mind was on little else than delivering her child. But a routine blood test revealed an abnormality that altered things. “When it was about time for the epidural, the doctors did a CBC and found some abnormalities in the white blood count,” said her husband Ryan. “Instead of a normal 5-10k, it was around 40k.”

Megan was able to hold her baby, named Rylee Hannah, for a few minutes before they rushed her to Roswell Park Cancer Instititute in an ambulance. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been undergoing treatment ever since. In a matter of 2 months, she has undergone 2 rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

3rd Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America

This past weekend was the first ever Conquer Chiari Walk in WNY. Amherst resident Agnes Starr joined forces with the Conquer Chiari Organization to help raise Awareness and funding for Chiari & Syringomyelia Awareness. This was the 3rd Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America but the first of its kind in our area. It took place Saturday Sept. 18th at Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda and raised over $20,000 towards research!

Chiari affects over 300,000 people in the US. Chiari is a serious neurological disorder in which the brain herniates out of the skull and puts pressure on the nerves and spinal cord causing debilitating pain and life-threatening symptoms.

The walk is a series of walks in different cities taking place on the same day to bring awareness and raise money for research.