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Lifeline Campaign

Albany Med's Lifeline Campaign

Our patients, doctors, nurses and staff explain why Albany Med is the region's lifeline to good health.

A Lifeline for Our Patients

His Doctor, His Hero

While on vacation in Cape Cod this past summer, Matthew MacLeod of Albany felt ill. When he returned home, he was diagnosed with an "infection of some type" he remembers. 

Matthew was treated with antibiotics, but they didn't help the nurse, who takes care of children at the Center for Disability Services, feel any better.

Read and Watch Matthew's Story

Grateful Family Tees Up Support for Children's Hospital at Albany Med

What started as a grateful mom and dad looking for a way to give back has turned into eight seasons of fun on the golf course and more than $150,000 in support for the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

Watch and Read the Miranda's Story

A Difficult Diagnosis Leads to Unexpected New Friends

Dante Gallucci of Rotterdam had always been active and healthy. The tall, strong sophomore played basketball, ran track and was looking forward to another year as a starting lineman on the Schalmont High varsity football team when he was sidelined by a startling diagnosis of cancer.

Watch and Read Dante's Story

A Hospital Visit Leads to New Friendships

Margie Rotchford chose Albany Medical Center for a highly specialized hip replacement procedure, but she left with more — a new understanding of Albany Med.

Read Margie's Story

Melodies Center Patients Shop at 'Grandma Pat's' Store

For a moment 12-year-old Zach Swart forgot he was battling leukemia. Instead, he was focused on holiday shopping — right at the Melodies Center at Albany Med.

He had been “shopping” at a special Christmas store that brims with gifts each year.

Read "Grandma Pat's" Story

Young Donor Listens, Then Helps

When Jamie Bocketti talked about the kids she saw while working in the Pediatrics Department 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.

Read Emily's Story

R. Mark Sullivan, EdD

Albany Med A Lifesaver for a Well-Known College President

R. Mark Sullivan, EdD, the longtime president of The College of Saint Rose and one of the Capital Region’s most respected leaders, credits Albany Med’s stroke team for enabling him to continue his work to train the next generation of academic leaders.

Watch and Read Dr. Sullivan's Story

Arthur Iyok

How Albany Med Helped Arthur
Rebound -  Twice

“It was surreal. Whoever expects a normally healthy 7-year-old boy to have a stroke?” Arthur's mother recalled.

He was immediately put on antibiotics to address the infection and placed in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

Read Arthur's Story

How Albany Med Helped Gabby Feel Better

Gabby Wolpert (with her brother, Justin) is the picture of health today. That was not always the case. Watch her tell how her treatment at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Med has inspired her plans for tomorrow.

Watch and Read Gabby's Story 

 Shirley Arensberg and her grandson

Getting the Best Care, Close to Home

For Shirley Arensberg, the news last April on her birthday was a like lightning bolt – completely unexpected.
“I went for my annual mammogram, it showed something abnormal. My physician sent me to Dr. Donna Pietrocola at Albany Med. She ordered a biopsy and ultrasound that confirmed I had stage I breast cancer.”

Read Shirley's Story

 Tracey Pommer

Dream on Hold Comes True

After years of unsuccessful attempts to find a treatment that would end her epileptic seizures, Tracey Pommer saw a TV news report that helped her find the treatment she needed to live a fuller life and realize her dream of fighting fires.

Read Tracey's Story
Darin Vail

Darin Vail and His Hometown Team

Albany Med’s team of exceptional doctors and nurses allowed 4-year-old Darin Vail of Greene County to thrive while receiving complex care close to home.

In 2009, at 19 weeks pregnant, his mother Missy Vail, who had three younger children, was given the news that her baby had a dangerous heart and kidney defects ...

Read Darin's Story

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