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Connor and Cole's Team

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Hi, my name is Connor and I am 15 years old and I am a sophomore at Canisius High School. I have played hockey since I was four years old and I currently participate in rowing at school. Like any proud born and raised Buffalonian, I love the Bills and the Sabres. When I get older, I want to go to college for sports broadcasting.

This might sound like the life of any typical high school sophomore, but you see, my story is special. I was born at only 28 weeks and I weighed only 1 pound and 10 ounces. I spent the first three months of my life in Sisters Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The doctors and nurses there saved my life. They helped my parents learn how to care for me and help me to continue to develop and grow. My family will be forever grateful to the team at Sisters Hospital, not only for the care that I received, but the care given to my 8 year old, little brother, Cole. He was also born premature, at 34 weeks he weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Cole was a little bigger than I was and he only spent one month in the NICU, but he too received the same quality care that Sisters Hospital is known for. Our two stories are just two of the amazing miracles that happen on Main Street every year.

Sisters Hospital delivers more babies than any other hospital in New York State west of Syracuse, and over 600 babies a year spend time in the NICU. Construction is expected to get underway in Fall 2016 on an $8 million renovation of the NICU.

My family and I are committed to this project and are asking for your support as well. Every gift, regardless of size, is needed and received with gratitude. Thank you! Connor and Cole Hoffman



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