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11-year-old patient donates air hockey table to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
After six hospitalizations for ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease, 11-year-old patient, Kayleigh Przytula, set out to organize a fundraiser to help pay for the purchase of an air hockey table she hopes will ease the burden of hospitalization for new patients. She far exceeded her goals and donated a Dynamo Short Shot Air Hockey table to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Jan. 15.
In just four days, the Przytula family, from Liverpool, met their goal of $3,000 and surpassed $5,000 in 11 days. In total, Kayleigh, a self-proclaimed “air hockey ninja,” raised $6,865. Along with the air hockey table, the family donated Kindles, portable DVD players and headphones, gift cards and Play Station 3 wireless controllers to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center and Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders, where Kayleigh continues to receive infusions.
Kayleigh has high hopes for the air hockey table, now located in the 11E playroom at the children’s hospital. “I hope children try their hardest when they play air hockey and use this table to get stronger so they can get home faster,” she said.
Watch the Go Fund Me video that helped Kayleigh and her family raise nearly $7,000.
Pictured from left: Dora Schidell from CNY Central; Kathy, Rachel, Ethan and Lee Przytula; Dr. Thomas Welch; Bill Goldschmidt from News Channel 9; Kayleigh Przytula; and Elizabeth Kinsley from Upstate’s Child Life Program.