Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic nearly a year ago, we have come to appreciate the hard work of our nurses and doctors more than ever before. They have worked tirelessly and put in ungodly hours day after day, all to take care of their patients and do their jobs to the best of their ability.

This year, Valentine's Day is about more than conversation hearts and expensive bouquets of roses. Show a Central New York healthcare worker your appreciation by sending them a virtual valentine for February 14.

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse is encouraging the community to take a few minutes to send an e-valentine to the hospital's frontline workers. It truly only takes a moment to fill out some quick information and personalize a message to those who have dedicated themselves to Central New York.

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Unfortunately, the hospital is unable to send valentines to specific staff, but every employee at Upstate Golisano deserves a thank you on the day of love.

Submit your personalized valentine through Upstate Golisano's website, and between now and February 14, they'll deliver the message to their staff.

Last spring, three waves of nurses from Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital traveled to Stony Brook on Long Island to relieve healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients. Upstate's Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page said, in total, 46 registered nurses, two respiratory therapists, three pharmacists and five pharmacy technicians went to work downstate in April of 2020 alone.