Last week, Carbone Subaru of Utica joined with Subaru of America, Inc. and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate blankets and messages of hope to patients fighting cancer at the Cancer Center at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).

“In 2021, our Outpatient Infusion Unit provided more than 13,000 treatments to members of our community,” said Tracy L. Hilderbran, RN, BSN, MSM, OCN, NE-BC, director of clinical operations for the MVHS Cancer Program. “We are very thankful for this wonderful donation from Carbone Subaru and the LLS. The blankets are going to make such a difference for our patients.”

Chris Cardello, sales manager at Carbone Subaru of Utica, was pleased to once again coordinate this effort locally.

“I have been surrounded by cancer my whole life with a number of family members so when Subaru offered me an opportunity to get involved with “Subaru Loves to Care” I saw it as a great way to give back,” Cardello said. “From past experiences, I know that patients receiving chemotherapy often fight the chills while receiving treatment. Carbone Subaru was grateful to be able to donate warm blankets to help provide an extra layer of comfort to the Outpatient Infusion Unit patients at MVHS.”

Donations made to the Cancer Center are coordinated through the MVHS Foundation. If you are interested in learning how you can make a difference, call the MVHS Foundation at 315-624-5600 or visit


Left to Right: Chris Cardello, sales manager at Carbone Subaru of Utica; Carly Insel, BS, RTT, chief radiation therapist; Christie Kozyra, BPS, oncology information management; Becky Dean, RN, radiation oncology; Steven DeGrace, finance manager at Carbone Subaru of Utica; Jennifer Humphrey, administrative assistant; and Dr. Brittany Simone, radiation oncologist at the MVHS Cancer Center.