Upstate News

March 19, 2001
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Manlius teen’s fundraiser to fight cancer benefits University Hospital and Ronald McDonald House

Patrick Cole, a 16-year-old Fayetteville-Manlius High School student, has contributed $12,000 to University Hospital’s Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders and $3,500 to the Ronald McDonald House.

Cole, son of Jane Cole and Mark Cole, was diagnosed in July 1999 with rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the soft tissues. He has since undergone extensive chemotherapy and radiation in his battle with cancer.

The money was raised at a fundraiser, Pat’s Pavement Pounder, held last Oct. 17 that attracted more than 1,000 people. Photos of the fundraiser can be viewed on the web at

The money earmarked for the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders will help fund the center’s research efforts. The center provides diagnostic testing and treatment for children with various malignancies and for children with hematologic abnormalities. Presently, 700 children, from the Canadian border to northern Pennsylvania are served by the center and 50 to 60 new patients are referred for evaluation and treatment each year.

The local Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and meals for out-of-town families of children with cancer.

“We are grateful to Pat’s support of our efforts and to all those in the community who came to honor his courage and fight against cancer,” said Ronald Dubowy, M.D., director of the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders.

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