These were two of the more difficult pages I needed to complete for my family Christmas album.


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PARTY – Two-year old Howard R. Berry of Niagara Falls had a big party Friday but could see his gifts only with one eye. Howie, a patient at Millard Fillmore Hospital, has lost vision of the left eye. His right eye didn’t miss a trick at the party in the hospital. He saw a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and a stack of more than 30 presents.
ADVANCE DATE – Hospital personnel and parents of children on the seventh floor of the pediatric wing joined in advancing Christmas for a frail little fellow who no longer can walk and increasingly requires blood transfusions. He has eye cancer. Howie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin K. Berry, of 2437 Cleveland Ave., is a favorite of doctors, nurses, and aides. Miss Carol Gugino, of 526 Auburn Ave., a head nurse, decided to move Christmas ahead by 5 ½ weeks. The boy’s parents consented.
THANK YOU – Mrs. Berry, mother of three older children, expressed appreciation for hospital personnel efforts. “They worked so hard,” she said. The Berry family did not attend the party. “When we come, he ignores everyone else. It’s us or them,” Mrs. Berry explained. “And we didn’t want to spoil the party.” Howie’s brothers are Glen M., 9 and Robert E., 5. His sister is Diane S., 7.
SERVES AS SANTA – Festivities were held in the 7th floor sun porch. Robert H. Schintzius of 70 Lynn Lea, Williamsville, hospital representative for McKesson and Robbins, Inc., served as Santa. On hand to help Howie with toys and cake were Miss Marjorie M. Utts of 173 Irving Terrace., Kenmore, staff nurse, and Miss Rose Plyman of 39 Oxford St., nurse’s aide.
The boy underwent eye surgery last Jan. 23. He re-entered Millard Fillmore the following June for treatment and was discharged in August. He returned to the hospital in early October.


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