Bridge of Hope

A Celebration of Survivorship

The Bridge of Hope represents the spirit and celebration of cancer survivorship in an iconic Buffalo location.

Life after cancer treatment can be challenging. We want to recognize every cancer survivor’s journey with bells hung on a symbolic Bridge of Hope at Canalside.

Let the sound of the bells unite us in Roswell Park’s mission to understand, prevent and cure cancer.

Get your bell

"I want you to know how meaningful this event was. I applaud this project and hope that other survivors take part and enjoy the feeling as much as I did."

RoseAnn Ross 16-year breast cancer survivor

The Roswell Park Bridge of Hope at Canalside is a place where all cancer patients can hang a bell in recognition of their cancer fight and survivorship.


44 Prime St. | Buffalo, NY 14202

Near the intersection of Marine Drive and Commercial Street


Bell-Hanging Ceremonies

In honor of our survivors, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is holding bell-hanging ceremonies every other week. Roswell Park provides transportation to the Bridge of Hope for patients participating in the bi-weekly event. Shuttle service to Canalside departs from the hospital main entrance.


Bridge of Hope Celebration Schedule

For Patients

FREE bells will be given out at the ceremonies. We offer private ceremonies in addition to those listed below. A shuttle will be available for those who would like transportation to the Bridge of Hope from Roswell Park*. If you would like to attend a ceremony, please call Connie Brucato at 716-845-8182 to confirm the details.

*The shuttle is only available on weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For Family

Purchase bells for $5 in honor of survivors at the following locations:
Modern Nostalgia Roswell Park Gift Shop ANNARLETTE Clayton's Toys and Gifts


  • Friday, August 11 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23 - 4 p.m.


  • Friday, September 8 - 2 p.m.
  • Monday, September 25 - 1 p.m.


  • Wednesday, October 11 - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 26 - 10 a.m.

Please only hang one bell per space. We also ask that you be considerate of the environment and do not hang anything else with your bell that may come detached. Events are open to all.

Cancer Talk Blog

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 3:53pm

Three days after Emily’s 19th birthday, she received the devastating news that she had stage 3 malignant melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer. She was given less than a 59 percent chance of surviving the next five years. In a state of shock, she felt her only options were fight or flight – to face her diagnosis head-on or to live in fear – and she chose to fight.

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:01am

Hank was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms’ tumor last year.
The tumor started in his left kidney – all Wilms’ tumors begin in one of the kidneys – and by the time it was found, it was the size of his head and had spread to his abdomen and both lungs.

“His first lung CT scan looked like Swiss cheese from all of the growths,” said his mom, Christine.
The whole family was scared, including Hank.

“It was shocking,” said the third grader. “The first thought that raced through my head was, ‘Am I going to live?’”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 2:55pm

In April 2016, a “spot” was discovered on Bonnie Hewett’s liver during a pelvic examination. “It was really found by fluke,” says Bonnie. Her internist advised her to have the spot checked out and Bonnie turned to Roswell Park.

Throughout their 50 years of marriage, Bonnie and her husband Peter have traveled past Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “Many times we have driven by Roswell, and I often thought how blessed we were not to be there. I viewed it as a place where people with cancer go to hopefully avoid death,” says Peter.

The Bridge of Hope is proudly presented by: