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After passing, Queensbury woman still helping patients at Glens Falls Hospital

October 26, 2017 06:11 PM

GLENS FALLS - It's appropriate that this tribute to Caroline Savitz is on wheels.

She was always moving, whether it was running, cross country skiing or participating in a triathlon, Caroline didn't let much slow her down.

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Even a cancer diagnosis in 2014 couldn't hold her back.

As she battled sarcoma, a rare cancer of the bones and cartilage, Caroline still had three things she wanted to do: Swim with dolphins---check. Get married---check. And third, to have something that would help others in her memory.

That's where Caroline's Craft Carts come in.

A rolling legacy filled with craft supplies, projects and puzzle books.

They're brought to patients at Glens Falls Hospital, where Caroline was treated and did crafts to pass the time before she passed away in September 2016.

"I think she's going to get a lot of enjoyment looking down and seeing children and anyone from age 1 to 100 getting relief from the every day experiences of being in the hospital," said Steve Savitz, Caroline's father.

There are three carts now---oncology, inpatient rehab, and pediatrics.

Two more are on the way.

Rehabilitation patient Dorothy Waite planned to crochet using Caroline's Craft Carts.

"It's wonderful that they can carry on with her memory and share it with other people," Waite said.

Caroline was passionate about medicine and about Glens Falls Hospital in particular.

She had a degree in pre-med exercise science.  She started a charity run/walk three years ago that funds sarcoma research and now, the carts that bear her name.

Strides Against Sarcoma is November 4 at Queensbury Elementary.

"She was going into the medical profession so she could make a difference in people's lives," said Caroline's mother, Melissa Savitz. "So this is a way that she's continuing to do that."

To participate in the run/walk, click to itsyourrace.com

 

 

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Mark Mulholland

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