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Owen, Day of giving ambassador

Day of Giving 2020: Your Chance to Give to What Matters to You

As the first cancer center in America, Roswell Park has a dedicated team of expert physicians, nurses and researchers who all work tirelessly to bring the best treatment and care to each cancer patient who comes through our doors. Many of the cutting-edge therapies and groundbreaking clinical trials developed right here at Roswell Park are made possible by donations to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation through events like the Ride for Roswell, the Empire State Ride and Bald for Bucks.

COVID-19 has changed most events this year, leaving a deficit in critical funding for cancer research. That’s why events like the Roswell Park Day of Giving are so important to allowing us to continue funding new research that could change how cancer is diagnosed or treated.

Help us make this October 21 the best day of generosity yet by participating in the Day of Giving. Your donation could change someone’s life and bring us one step closer to cancer cures. With 16 research and other areas to choose from, you’ll have the power to give to what matters most to you. By participating in the Day of Giving, you can support any of our incredible patient ambassadors — or become an ambassador yourself and rally your family and friends to join you in supporting cancer patients at Roswell Park.

Meet Owen. Owen was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 years ago and has been receiving treatment from Roswell Park every four weeks from the same two doctors since his diagnosis. The treatment and care Owen receives has given him a new outlook on life. “What would have been a death sentence just a few years ago is now a new lease on life. It only makes sense for me to go where I would get the best care.”

Owen and 15 other patients like him have answered the call to be patient ambassadors and represent their specific cancer type during the Day of Giving.

Owen says: “Roswell Park is important to me. I chose to go there because that is where they are doing the research that may someday find the cure. I know that the doctors, nurses and scientists at Roswell are the best at what they do as they strive to care for patients and hopefully one day find the cure. Through their expertise, they are finding new and innovative ways to treat patients.”

On October 21, join us and support the research needed to fight against cancer for someone who cannot fight for themselves.

Like Andre. Andre was only 4 years old when he and his family discovered he had a Wilms tumor in his abdomen. At that young age, Andre had to have his kidney and the tumor removed. “It is (the) cutting-edge research in childhood cancer that Roswell Park was able to provide our family with the best treatment plan for Andre,” says Andre’s mother. Without donations, Andre would have had to fight alone. “It’s because of Roswell Park that our family is whole due to the lifesaving treatment that Andre received.” 

These patients and others like them are waiting for you. Your donation on our Day of Giving will fuel the cancer research that has been proven to save lives. There are so many ways to give, and so many reasons why we need you to donate this year.

Andre and Owen are just two out of the 16 patient ambassadors we hope you get the chance to know before October 21. Your donations and partnerships can make an impact on the lives of your friends, family, neighbors and anyone in our community who are fighting cancer.

Together, we can change lives. Get involved with us this Day of Giving, and together we can make this the most generous 24 hours ever!

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