The Campaign To Build A Greater Roswell Park

Campaign’s Phase I Closes with New Era Cap Gift

Making Room to Save Lives: The Campaign to Build a Greater Roswell Park successfully met and exceeded its $40 million Phase I goal with a $1.5 million donation from New Era.  This outstanding support allows Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) to move forward with construction of the Clinical Sciences Center, an 11-story, 142,000 square-foot structure at Michigan and Carlton Streets. 

“With New Era’s generous donation and that of previous major contributors, our new Clinical Sciences Center becomes a reality to help meet current and future needs of Roswell Park patients with compassionate, innovative patient care,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, former Roswell Park President and CEO.

Christopher Koch, CEO of New Era, said contributing to the campaign reflected the company’s strong belief of giving back to communities, especially by engaging in partnerships and signature programs that help families with cancer. 

“We have had a longstanding relationship with Roswell Park and we are elated that we could commit to an effort that is so near and dear to our hearts as finding cures for cancer, ” he said.

A total of $40 million has been secured, and construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013.  An additional $10 million will be raised in Phase II to continue the build out of the top three floors.

Dr. Trump gave special credit and thanks for the fundraising success to the campaign committee and its co-chairs, Donna M. Gioia and Scott Bieler. 

The campaign kicked off in June 2011 with a generous $10 million donation from the “Circle of Ten”’ – a collaborative gift from 10 business and philanthropic leaders in Western New York. Watch video of the Circle of Ten ceremony held at Roswell Park in June 2011.  Since its launch, 425 donors have contributed to Phase I, including RPCI employees who have collectively donated over $1 million.

Joined with the adjacent main hospital building via connecting bridges, the proposed RPCI Clinical Sciences Center will feature many expansion highlights including:

  • Breast Center
  • New Mammography Center
  • New Chemo-Infusion Clinic
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic
  • Patient Education and Survivorship Programs to reach patients, caregivers, and family members
  • State-of-the-art office facilities and space for clinician-scientists to analyze data from clinical studies

The CSC will house a new expanded Chemotherapy Clinic (doubling the size of the current Chemo Clinic) that will offer patients a picturesque view of Buffalo’s skyline; a Breast Center that will for the first time offer community mammography services; and a Patient Education/Survivorship Center for Roswell Park’s 31,000 patients and their families. The building’s presence also will allow many clinics and patient care areas to be expanded and renovated within the existing main hospital.

We are hoping that individuals, corporations, and foundations will join us to continue to save the lives of loved ones and to aggressively find cures for all cancers. Your support is vital to the success of this campaign.

Thank you for your generous consideration of a gift in support of this historic opportunity to positively impact the lives of cancer patients for years to come. With your support, we look forward to serving all who seek Roswell’s care with dignity, compassion and hope.

“When cancer strikes, everything changes.
Frequently all a person has left is hope and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.”

To make a gift, arrange for a personal meeting, or find out more, please contact Linda Kahn, Director of Special Campaigns, at 716-845-7606 or at