Welcome to the Growing STRONG team page! Please join our families in our mission to give back to the amazing place that is responsible for saving our babies. Arianna and Ben have diffferent stories to tell. However, they share a common theme....with the miraculous work of the doctors and nurses at the Golsano Children's Hospital and the unbeleivable support of family and friends they are Growing STRONG!
Arianna has shown us the power of love and prayer. She is my definition of courage and has shown our family the beauty of simplicity. Arianna entered the world on July 6th 2015, as a warrior. Arianna was one of the first patients in the newly built NICU of the Golisano Children’s Hospital. There she conquered complications with blood sugars and a heart murmur miraculously. However, the biggest battle was yet to come. At six months old Arianna was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (Liver Cancer). Her 6 month battle consisted of 6 rounds of four differnt chemos and an invasive liver surgury to remove the tumor. Although she kicked cancers butt and enthusiastically rang the bell on July 26, 2017 (exactly 6 months after being diagnosed). She will forever be one of Golisano's children. Arianna recieves routines scans, blood work and visits with the audiologist on a regular basis. During all of her apointments, we are treated with compassion and respect.
Our family will always have a special place in our hearts for Golisano Children’s Hospital. We are forever grateful. I truly believe that not only does it take a village to raise a child, but to cure a child as well. Arianna continues to be the warrior that she is because of the friends, family and people that have helped make Golisano Children’s Hospital the gem that it is today.
On March 26, 2013, Benjamin William made his debut into this crazy world 10 weeks early weighing in at only 2 pounds, 1 ounce (970 grams!). From the moment he was born, Ben was determined to let us know that he was a fighter with his quiet yet strong cry (a sound we weren't expecting to even hear!). Ben was instantly transported to the NICU where he was treated over time for a multitude of issues associated with being a micropreemie. For 49 days the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at the Golisano Children's Hospital NICU cared for our little boy in a way we never could but gave us the constant support and encouragement we needed to be a family! Ben is now 6 (SIX!) years old, full of life, and continues to amaze us everyday...and rocking it in Kindergarten!
Since his tumultuous days in the NICU, Golisano Children's Hospital continues to be a part of our lives. The care and grace for which our family is treated is truly remarkable, from the 'simplest' procedure to a friendly visit! We will be FOREVER grateful to the Golisano Children's Hospital and all of our family and friends that continue to support us. Our expereince of having a child in the hospital has FOREVER changed us and conitnues to be a part of our story, our prayers, our love...everday! We are thankful, we are cautious, we are full, we are proud....we are Growing STRONG!
Ari and Ben are just two stories...the Stewart's and Tortarella's are just two families...that have been forever changed by the Golisano Children's Hospital. There are countless families in our community and beyond that have a story to tell that connects them to this amazing children's hospital in our backyard. Join our team, donate, and share your story!
*All contributions will benefit Golisano Children's Hospital. Any contribution will help, and all donations are tax deductible. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please search for one of the participants and then click the "Support This Participant" button on their page. Donations can only be made to individuals, but the total each participant raises goes toward our team goal.Thank you for visiting our fundraising page!*