Stone’s Buddies

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About Us

  • Stone’s Buddies is an Oishei Children’s Hospital program that supports families coping with chronic and life-threatening illness.  
  • Created in memory of former patient Stone Filipovich, the mission of the program is to provide a network of resources, support, friendship and fun for the many “frequent flyers” that regularly use our institution.  
  • This program is for children with life-threatening illness, as well as the patients who struggle daily with special needs and feelings of isolation due to the nature of their chronic illness.  
  • Our goal is to connect these patients with others in similar circumstances, teach them and their families coping strategies to better deal with the challenges they face both at the hospital and at home, and serve as a bridge between the patients and those in the community who want to help.  

We have monthly parties and take families to many community-sponsored events. In our “Family Matters” group, Dr. Bob Perelli works with parents to help them better cope with their new reality and find solutions to situations under which they often have very little control. We continue to develop new ways to help these patients who use the hospital on a regular basis. Through Stone’s Buddies, we try to ensure that our chronically ill patients and their families have the tools they need to make what they are going through just a little bit easier.

Interested in becoming a member of Stone’s Buddies?

  • If you are interested in becoming a member, your child needs to be a regular patient at Oishei Children’s Hospital and be referred by a member of our medical staff.

Family Support (click here)

We currently offer 2 support programs specifically designed for our Stone’s Buddies families. Both groups are run by Dr. Robert Perelli from the Center for Family Systems Theory of WNY, Inc.

Living with Loss: Together we will search for healing and peace of mind
Family Matters: An educational support group specifically designed for parents of a child with a chronic or serious medical condition

During your next hospital visit, ask a staff member about participation in our program. (Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a part of a mentor program or support group. If you have any ideas for our speaker series, please contact us by email.)

COMING SOON...New Teen Group for Stone’s Buddies members

Ways to Give/Get Involved (click here)

  • Volunteer
  • Wish List
  • Special Funds
  • Donations
  • Adopt a Family

Upcoming Events

Festival of Trees — to benefit Oishei Children’s Hospital Child Life Department
• Glitter & Glamour Fashion Show - Nov 8
• The Crystal Ball Gala - Dec 1
• Family Day - Dec 2
• Open to the public - Dec 3

Contact Information

Stone’s Buddies
The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation
1028 Main St., 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202


Please contact:
Alyssa Jerge
Stone's Buddies Coordinator
(716) 323-1510