Family of Late Teenager Donates Funds, Equipment to Improve Cancer Patients’ Lives

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meghan Redenbach lost battle with rare form of cancer in December 2010

The family of Meghan Redenbach, the Gasport teenager whose battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer rallied the support of the community, today visited Roswell Park Cancer Institute to donate brand-new mini refrigerators for inpatient rooms in the Pediatric Center.

This gift provides an extra level of comfort for families facing a hospital stay. A pediatric patient and their family accepted the gift on the Pediatric Center’s behalf. The Redenbach family will also present a donation of $1,000 each to Carly’s Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York.

The Redenbach family raised the funds for this gift at the first annual “Man Up” Car Show on July 23, an East Amherst event established in Meghan’s memory. Meghan died on December 24, 2010, after a battle with ovarian fibrosarcoma. During her treatment, she became an advocate for pediatric cancer research at RPCI, sharing her story through the New Era New Hope fundraising campaign.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was 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 RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

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Kerry Jones
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