Buffalo Goes Gray for Brain Cancer Research

Cancer Survivor, Founder of Buffalo Goes Gray
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 9:30am

­­Picture being diagnosed with two brain tumors before the age of 25. 

The first diagnosis came during my junior year of college, when I was only 20 years old. I underwent surgery to remove the tumor, but 5 years later, during a routine checkup, I found out that the tumor had grown back and I would need to endure another brain surgery."

After going through treatment the second time, I began a successful recovery and wanted to find a way to give back and help fight the terrible disease that has affected my life and the lives of so many others.

While figuring out what I could do to help, I found out about SurVaxM, a unique vaccine being studied as a treatment for glioblastoma at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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I decided that raising funds for brain cancer research would be my mission. In 2014, I founded Buffalo Goes Gray, a nonprofit organization to raise money and awareness for brain tumors and brain cancer. All the money we raise goes directly to the Department of Neuro-Oncology at Roswell Park, specifically to the continued research of SurVaxM. Along with raising brain cancer awareness, through our partnerships with Team Roswell, Buffalo Goes Gray has raised over $100,000 for research at Roswell Park.

While organizing the first fundraiser, I was amazed at how much the local community believed in this cause. In preparation for the event, family and friends started to recruit event sponsors and donations. Almost everyone I spoke with knew of someone who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor or had brain cancer. There was a lot of interest, and people were generously supporting the little fundraiser I had put together. 

The event was held at Buffalo Iron Works, and about halfway through it, we had already reached capacity. When I stood on the stage to thank everyone for coming to support us, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up and were excited about the cause. I think it was at that point that I knew I wanted to keep Buffalo Goes Gray going for more than just that first event.

We raised $22,000 during that first event. We have held annual events ever since, and each year we beat our previous year’s total.

This year, we celebrate our fifth annual event with a nautical theme. “Sail into Summer with Buffalo Goes Gray” will be held on June 8th from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Ellicott Square Building. 

Missed this event? check out BuffaloGoesGray.com for a calendar of all upcoming events and more information.