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UPSTATE CANCER CENTER NEWS WINTER 2011/2012 Hockey star’s gift scores thanks, inspires more donations Tim Connolly is assisting on a goal using neither a stick nor a puck. He’s making a gift of $100,000 to the Upstate Cancer Center, which puts Upstate that much closer to its goal of raising $15 million. Connolly’s donation is in memory of his grandmother, Patricia A. Connolly. She died of uterine cancer in September. An avid fan of hockey, she enjoyed watching Connolly play, and Connolly adored her. In addition, promotion of his donation during the annual WSYR Radiothon helped bring in $80,000 toward pediatric cancer care and research at Upstate, says Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development. “I believe that helped motivate people to make their gifts.” Pezzi says, “Tim has demonstrated in many ways his commitment to this campaign.” In addition to his gift, he serves as honorary co-chairman and has been generous with his time to help raise awareness. “For that we will always be grateful,” Pezzi says. She says many donations come from people who are grateful for the care they received at Upstate University Hospital. Some donate a set amount, say $10 per month, throughout the year. Others make donations in memory of loved ones. Connolly was born and raised in Baldwinsville. After two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, he was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1999. Two years later he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres. In July of this year, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He plays center, and he celebrated his 400th career goal against the Washington Capitals in November. ■ top: Tim Connolly and his late grandmother, Patricia Connolly; at right: on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giving thanks for a second chance WITH NO SIGN LEFT OF HER BRAIN T U M O R , A N U p S TAT E N U R S E I S G R AT E F U L F O R E A C H N E W d Ay By Sean Kirst. Reprinted with permission from the Post-Standard, Nov. 24, 2011 The doctors told Natalie Lefebvre she was dying. To understand how she felt on Thanksgiving morning 2011 demands knowing exactly what she feared the most. Less than two years ago, Natalie was in the kitchen of her home on Onondaga Hill when she fell to the floor and went into a seizure. She is an intensive care nurse at Upstate University Hospital, and as soon as they put her in the ambulance, she knew: The chances were good that her seizure was caused by a tumor, a result soon confirmed by a brain scan. Natalie began a draining schedule of chemotherapy, and the doctors told her what she could expect. The cancer in her brain, they explained, was a B-cell Continued on page 8 Syracuse New York

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