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UB physician aboard ship assigned to treat victims

A University at Buffalo physician and department chairman was among 10 volunteers from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association who treated victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti aboard the Navy hospital ship Comfort.

Dr. Lawrence Bone, head of UB's orthopedics department and an Erie County Medical Center trauma surgeon, and other association members helped tend to many of the 871 injured Haitians transported to the ship after it arrived off Port-au-Prince on Jan. 20, about 90 percent of whom had complex fractures. More than 540 critically injured people were brought on board in the first 10 days. Bone and other OTA surgeons performed more than 200 operations between Feb. 3 and Feb. 15.

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Foundation director plans to step down

The executive director of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is leaving the post to pursue other interests, the foundation's board of trustees has announced.

The board will search for a successor to Glenda Cadwallader, who will leave at the end of August. She has been at the helm of the foundation since 1998. She oversaw the growth of assets from $20 million to $70 million and grantmaking of more than $2.5 million annually.

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Bills player brings gifts to young cancer patients

Young cancer patients at Women & Children's Hospital got a treat Monday -- a visit from Buffalo Bills cornerback Lydell Sargeant, who came bearing gifts.

Each of the youngsters in the pediatric oncology ward received an electronic handheld game or device to make their hospital stay better, courtesy of the Mikey's Way Foundation of Williamsville and Westport, Conn.

The foundation was started by Michael "Mikey" Friedman, who was diagnosed at 15 with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He used his gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to stock a cart full of gifts for other children, items that helped him cope while receiving his own treatments. Mikey died two years ago, but the foundation is continuing his generosity. It now provides gifts to youngsters in seven hospitals.

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