Country Music Star Kellie Pickler to Perform at Roswell Park’s Celebration of Hope

Event is a rally against cancer and a celebration of survivors, patients and all those fighting for a cure
Friday, May 1, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Country music star Kellie Pickler will perform at Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Celebration of Hope, a community-wide rally against cancer that will celebrate survivors, patients and all those who are fighting for a cure. The event will take place Friday, June 26 at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.

Kellie Pickler’s career took off after her appearance on the fifth season of American Idol. Since then, her hit song “Best Days of Your Life” achieved Platinum status and reached the Billboard Country Top 10. She’s also been nominated many times for the CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year honors, most recently in 2013 for “Someone Somewhere Tonight.” Kellie recently competed on Dancing with the Stars, and along with her dancing partner, was named the champion of the 2013 show.

Kellie also has a personal connection to the fight against cancer. She was 15 when her grandmother, who raised her, died of lung cancer, and she’s since become a vocal advocate for cancer screening and prevention. In 2012, Kellie had her head shaved on live TV with her friend, Summer Holt Miller, who was about to begin chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Kellie’s performance will come at the end of the Celebration of Hope, an event that will honor the collective spirit of Roswell Park as the heart of Western New York’s fight against cancer. The Celebration of Hope will begin with a mindfulness workshop for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, followed by family-friendly tailgate activities and the Celebration of Hope ceremony. The inspirational and emotional ceremony will feature a parade of patients, survivors, doctors, researchers, advocates and community leaders in the fight against cancer, and the arrival of The Ride For Roswell Peloton. The Ride For Roswell — Roswell Park’s largest fundraiser — will take place the next day on Saturday, June 27.

The Celebration of Hope is free and open to everyone. For more information and to register, visit www.RoswellPark.org/CelebrationofHope, or call 1-877-ASK-RPCI.

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The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: 

Jessica Bagley, Sr. Communications Coordinator 
716-845-1027; jessica.bagley@roswellpark.org