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Our Donor Stories


Ashley Cirilla

Compassion from Creativity

Ashley Cirilla, an 11-year-old from Rotterdam, has always enjoyed singing, drawing and coloring, but when her Schalmont Middle School principal suggested that students take on a project to benefit a good cause, Ashley’s creativity assumed a new dimension.

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John Wheeler, MD, '69, DMD

Helping Others: His Priority

For more than 40 years, John Wheeler, MD, DMD, a graduate of Albany Medical College, has been tirelessly treating Vermonters in need of reconstructive surgery. The Rutland-based plastic surgeon, Class of 1969, was known for his willingness to come to the bedside of patients in emergency rooms throughout southern Vermont any time, day or night.

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Providing Warmth and Comfort for Albany Med's Tiniest Patients

Karen Casey was reading a magazine and the Quilts for Kids logo caught her eye. She made a call to the Pennsylvania-based organization to learn more about the program and within a short time, was the leader of an Albany Chapter ...

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Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Dedication Takes him ‘Above and Beyond’

Matthew DiCaprio, MD, has a passion for caring for his patients that extends beyond his office and the operating room. He has become a familiar participant in local and national fundraisers, including those that benefit the Children’s Hospital.

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Jodi Della Rocca, CRNA, MS ’02, PhD

Educating for the Future

Jodi Della Rocca, CRNA, MS ’02, PhD, sees her obligation as an educator to ensure students receive the benefit of her knowledge and experience – and also the benefit of her financial support. The assistant professor and associate director of the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology encourages other educators and health care workers to think the same way.

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Lewis Britton, III, MD, and his family.

A Lifetime of Giving

“When you work in a community, you need to
give back to that community.” Lewis W. Britton III, MD, never forgot those words of advice from one of his mentors during thoracic surgery training here at Albany Med.

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Kim Kilby, MD

Giving Back and ‘Paying It Forward’

Like so many doctors, Kim Kilby, MD, took out college loans for medical school—debt that she is still paying. Despite this, she makes it a point to budget for charitable giving, including to Albany Med.

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Anna Hooper has an easier time managing her diabetes because of the work her Aunt Chrissy did for her and hundreds of other patients at Albany Med.

'Aunt Chrissy's' Talents Help Kids with Diabetes at Albany Med

After a request from her grand-niece Anna, who has type 1 diabetes, "Aunt Chrissy" Becker saw a need. Filling that need has helped ensure a happy and active lifestyle for hundreds kids with diabetes.

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A view of the room that the Donna Crandall Foundation renovated to provide a comfortable setting for CF patients.

Providing A Haven for CF Patients

The Donna M. Crandall Foundation was established in 2000 in memory of Donna Crandall, who lost a 41 year battle with cystic fibrosis (CF) in 2000. In her honor, the Foundation has raised nearly $2 million, all of which has gone to support thousands of Albany Medical Center patients living with CF.

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Sharing the Spirit of Halloween Year Round

Each year at Halloween time, Spirit Halloween stores bring the season to the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Med. As part of a huge party, dozens of costumes are provided for the children.  Volunteers help with decorations, crafts and games all to create a fun and festive atmosphere.

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