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Nurses are the heart of our health care teams. Every day, they’re making crucial care decisions, supporting families, and saving lives. Your gift will fund scholarships, support continuing education across our system, and promote awareness of our amazing nurses. And you’ll help our nationally recognized education and clinical programs remain models for the world to follow.

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Honor our nurses.

Tell us about a University of Rochester nurse who’s made a difference for you. Submissions will be included in our honor board below.

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Doubling down to help others

Ranae and Shanae McKenzie—identical twins from Jamaica—share a passion for nursing and education. Thanks to generous donors, the sisters were able to pursue their nursing degrees and focus on their education without financial burdens.

Read more about Ranae and Shanae.

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O’Connell Electric Company is proud and honored to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Honor OUR Nurses campaign. Our commitment is made in memory of Carmina M. Parkes, RN and Mary M. Parkes, RN and in honor of Maureen L. Prince, MS, BSN, RN, and ALL nurses.

We offer our encouragement and support to SON students, and our deepest respect and tremendous gratitude for ALL nurses for their unflagging compassion, exceptional strength, dedication, and kindness so tirelessly given. Our hearts are overflowing for the difference you have made in the world of healthcare for everyone. Thank you, Dean Kathy Rideout and Chief Nursing Executive Karen Keady, for your devoted and steadfast leadership.


Laurie Kopin

Laurie’s care is beyond superlative! There is nothing I could add to enhance that previous statement!

-John Paganelli

Elizabeth Lyda

Betty has been an avid supporter of the pulmonary fibrosis community in Rochester! Her generous donation of time in planning the annual Rochester Pulmonary Fibrosis Golf Tournament fundraiser has supported our ability to raise funds for PF research at URMC over the last 10+ years. Betty continues her support despite a change in her professional responsibilities. She deserves to be honored for her dedication beyond her professional responsibilities!

-Cynthia S. Chandler

Karen Clark

Karen has been a friend to the pulmonary fibrosis community over the past years bringing info to the community about clinical trials. She also supports the annual Rochester Pulmonary Fibrosis Golf Tournament by generously donating her precious time to ensure the event is a success. Karen’s commitment is so appreciated and should be recognized as she goes above and beyond for the PF community!

-Cynthia S Chandler

Ishmael Applewhite

Ishmael is always there for me when I need quick help for my cancer labs, treatment, calendar—whatever. He is always there when a staff member or myself needs help with my treatment. Thank you, Ishmael.

-Lawrence VerWeire

All 1-9200 and G-9200 nurses

All the nurses on our team that have worked in the last two months have made me so proud of their commitment, perseverance, and loyalty to one another. It is an honor to work alongside of this spectacular team! And as for the leadership—OUTSTANDING team as well. Kudos!

-Lorraine Schild

Adam and Stacie Saks

My nephew and niece both work extremely hard at Strong Memorial.

-Sue Spector

Joel McAllister

I am a proud mom!

-June McAllister

Deborah Ayers

Deborah is very devoted to her patients and PCP.

-June McAllister

Dani Darling, RN

Dani took care of our father, John, following several admissions at the Wilmot Cancer Institute this winter and spring. She was very organized and thorough when she first met and assessed Dad. It immediately gave the family confidence that she knew what she was doing, would be good to Dad, and could be relied on to advocate for his needs across a large team of providers. This also helped Dad to feel confident. She was always warm and patient with Dad while also answering technical concerns from family. When we transitioned over to hospice, we were so sad to see her leave Dad’s team. She set is an outstanding representative for the UR Medicine Home Care program. Thank you, Dani.

-Jennifer O’Hanlon-Cole [on behalf of Ruth & John]

To learn more, explore our sponsorship opportunities or contact

Andrea Allen

or (585) 276-4336.