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United Way: One parent's story

As the adoptive parent of an emotionally disabled child, Kathy Adamski knows first-hand the importance of United Way funding. Her son has received services from agencies funded by the United Way of Greater Rochester, including Hillside Children's Center and the Hillside Family of Agencies.

"As a result of assistance we've received over the past several months, and assistance we're slated to receive in time to come, our son has the potential to be stable more of the time, participate in a school setting he enjoys, and have a better quality of life than we could have possibly provided for him on our own. Everyone's heard it said that 'our children are our future'; I believe that should include even our 'special' children who need help. Supporting the United Way allows that help to remain available," says Adamski, coordinator for the ambulatory clerkship in the Offices for Medical Education.

The University hopes to raise $1 million to support this year's Greater Rochester United Way/Red Cross Campaign. Contributions from faculty and staff will directly benefit agencies that collectively serve the needs of more than 600,000 people locally each year, such as Adamski and her son. For more details on the 2006 campaign and how to contribute, visit

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