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Young Donor Listens, Then Helps Children's Hospital

When Jamie Bocketti talked about the kids she saw while working in the Department of Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center, her then 6-year-old daughter Emily listened.

Emily's subsequent curiosity led her to twice donate her hair to "Locks of Love," but she wanted to do something for the kids where her mom worked.

David A. Clark, head of the Children's Hospital at Albany Med and donor Emily Fredericks.
Emily Fredericks presents a check to David A. Clark, MD, director of the Children's Hospital at Albany Med.

”I knew the children needed help, so I decided to raise money to help them,” Emily said.
 
Recently, Emily, now 10, visited the Children's Hospital at Albany Med and its director David A. Clark, MD, to present a check for $250, the fruit of her labor.

“My brothers, cousins and I sold lemonade and brownies at our garage sale,” Emily said proudly. “Some people just randomly donated money without buying anything once they found out what I was doing.”

“I was extremely proud to know that at a young age, she wanted to help others,” said Jamie Bocketti, coordinator of Albany Med’s pediatric surgery practice.

Emily would like her donation, one of many community-based fundraisers for the Children's Hospital, to pay for “medicine or surgery that kids need, or maybe to hire the dogs that make kids happy.”

As the Lifeline Campaign continues, the generous spirit displayed by Emily allows Albany Med to continue its mission to care for the health needs of northeastern New York, southern Vermont and western Massachusetts. She already has plans for her next fundraiser — this time to help with pediatric cancer research.

 “Her ideas really make me hopeful that she can make a difference in the world,” her mother said.

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