In 1989, Katherine Gioia, then four years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. While Katherine was being treated at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Anne, her mother, began doing volunteer work in the newly created Development Department established to raise private sector financial support for the Institute. She came up with the idea of the Alliance, Roswell's first community-wide volunteer organization, as a memorial to Katherine, who lost her battle with cancer less than one year after being diagnosed.
In 1991, the Alliance Foundation was established to manage all donations made and contributed for the benefit of RPCI.
The Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board sponsors a variety of events, from a black-tie gala that attracts 1,200, to a bike ride, golf tournament and auction, and the sale of holiday cards designed by pediatric patients.
"It evolved into something I never imagined. I'm amazed at how much people are willing to give of themselves to make a difference," said Anne Gioia.
For volunteer opportunities with the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board, please call 716-845-8788.