Upstate students pay tribute to donors at memorial service

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Marie Fleury, College of Medicine Class of 2016, performs "Where Do My Bluebird Fly?" during Upstate's Anatomical Gift memorial service at Hendricks Chapel. Photo by Susan Kahn.

Upstate students helped honor those who have donated their bodies to the medical university’s anatomical gift program in a service Saturday at Hendricks Chapel.

It was the 32nd such memorial service, and was presented by students from Upstate’s College of Medicine Class of 2016, Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015 and Physician Assistant Class of 2014.

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Stefanos Haddad, College of Medicine Class of 2016, holds a plaque bearing an inscription by Physician Assistant student Carol Connolly. At the podium is Stacey Cook, PA Class of 2014. Photo by Susan Kahn.

In addition to words from Upstate faculty, a donor’s son and representatives from University Hospital Spiritual Care, the ceremony featured Upstate students paying tribute in artistic ways:

  • piano performances by medical students Elizabeth Wei, Delia Vahey and Brandon King.
  • a guitar solo by medical student Marie Fleury.
  • a poem by medical student Danielle Schenone.
  • a reflection by Physical Therapy student Ann Iannotta.
  • a plaque inscription by Physician Assistant student Carol Conolly.
  • a mural designed and painted by Mani Yahyavi-Tajabadi and other medical students.
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Delia Vahey, College of Medicine Class of 2016, performs "Blessings" on piano during Upstate's Anatomical Gift memorial service in Hendricks Chapel. Photo by Susan Kahn.

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