Cole Favro wanted to do something special for the hospital staff who treated him.
As Spectrum News reports, the 18-year-old from Rochester, New York was born with cystic fibrosis. He’s spent his whole life in and out of Golisano Children’s Hospital and has become close to the nurses who made his frequent stays bearable
“The hospital is awful and not fun to be in, but they make it great. They’re so amazing and family,” he told Spectrum News.
In December, Favro turned 18. That meant his recent visit to Golisano was his last — from now on, he’ll have to be treated at Highland Hospital.
Turns out a patient at Golisano Children's Hospital is craving a treat on this rainy afternoon– and they are waiting very patiently to see if someone responds! pic.twitter.com/de3OyWCg6p
— news10nbc (@news10nbc) April 19, 2019
Before “graduating” from the children’s hospital, Favro wanted to thank the nurses and hospital staff. So he used washable paint to write a message on his upper-floor hospital window. It read:
“SEND PIZZA TO 8 SOUTH ROOM 14.”
Favro told Yahoo News he’d witnessed something similar done years before and had always wanted to see if it would work:
“It was my last day at the children’s hospital, and I thought it was a fun way to say goodbye to all the nurses. I wanted to see if I could get a bunch of pizzas for a party.”
The message worked better than Favro could have dreamed. The first pizza arrived within an hour of his message. Over the next two days, he received 18 pizzas with a variety of toppings, from cheese to meat lovers. Plus cannolis to round out the meal.
“I didn’t think that I would get that many at all. I thought I might get one in the first week. I never thought I’d get 18 in two days,” Favro told Yahoo. “It feels great to know that people are looking out for kids in the hospital like me and that they care to send pizza up.”
I am hanging out with this awesome kid at @URMed_GCH. Cole is 18 and moving to the adult hospital. He asked for pizza by painting his room window. He got ALOT of pizza! 2 sheets last night. 3 sheets this morning. 10 larges since I have been here. 5 more sheets coming @SPECNewsROC pic.twitter.com/8fzGUWzf5w
— Mike Moss (@mikemossTV) April 20, 2019
There was enough pizza for the high school senior to throw a party for the staff, who were excited for him and happy to get some pizza. He said it made his day to know that so many people were willing to respond to his window appeal.
The affection between Favro and the hospital staff goes both ways. As Dr. Karen Voter told Spectrum News, “We’re going to miss him. It’s been a fun 18 years.”
After he graduates from high school, Favro plans to go on to study dance therapy. He told Yahoo he’s glad he could give something back to the people who’ve been such a big part of his life:
“They’ve done so much for me over the past 18 years that I’ve been here and they’re basically family at this point. I’ve known them my whole life and they’ve done so much for me at the hospital.”