Grafton family donates $200K to pediatric neurosurgery program at Albany Med

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A large donation was given to the pediatric neurosurgery program at Albany Medical Center on Thursday. The $200,000 donation came from the Baumes family.

Alan and Nancy Baumes, of Grafton, wanted to honor their son, Jason, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2017.

When Jason was a young hockey player, he was diagnosed with a serious condition that required immediate surgery at Albany Med. His father said he would never forget the way the surgeon treated him in the hours following the nine-hour surgery.

“The time that he spent after the surgery and explained every step, clearly impressed us,” Alan said. “And while Jason’s activities were limited after that, Dr. Waldman was able to tell us that he felt that after several years that Jason could go back to doing what he was doing.”

The money will go toward patient use and education such as 3D printed skulls to better explain to families the type of brain surgery a patient is undergoing.

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