Upstate News

June 21, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

East Syracuse couple raises $12,620 for Children’s Hospital at University Hospital

By asking area businesses, friends, neighbors and coworkers and by holding a three-day garage sale, Linda and Floyd Miller of East Syracuse raised over $12,000 for the Central New York Children’s Hospital at University Hospital. The Millers raised the money as part of the Miracle Ride, an annual motorcycle rally that benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and this year supported the Central New York Children’s Hospital at University Hospital. The Millers, who are members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, participated in the May 16 rally around Oneida Lake rally.

“Asking corporations and individuals for contributions isn’t easy,” said Toni Gary, director of the Central New York Children’s Miracle Network, “but the Millers have shown how it can be done with great success. We are extremely grateful for their efforts on behalf of children throughout Central New York.”

Linda Miller said the support she received from her coworkers in the East Syracuse Minoa School District and from others around town was overwhelming. “People were very willing to donate, because of the importance of having a children’s hospital in our community,” she said. “No one can control the health of our children, but with a new hospital and staffing to increase research maybe our children can lead healthy, normal lives and we can find cures for the diseases that take our children.”

The Millers fundraising power helped the Miracle Ride raise record contributions of more than $81,000, up from $52,000 raise last year.

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