Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund Makes $10,000 Gift to Support Roswell Park Cancer Research

Friday, June 15, 2012

BUFFALO, NY — Representatives from the Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund today visited Roswell Park Cancer Institute to make a gift of $10,000 in support of cancer research programs. The donated funds will support research of kidney cancer and leukemia at Roswell Park. Photos from the event are available for viewing and download here.

The Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Binghamton, NY, committed to raising funds for research of cancers that have a higher occurrence rates among firefighters, including lung cancer, leukemia, kidney cancer and more. The fund has awarded similar grants to research programs across the country and Canada. To learn more or make a donation to the fund, visit www.LetsFireCancer.org.

“The funds raised by the Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund will make a significant impact on Roswell Park’s efforts to find new and more effective ways of defeating leukemia,” said Meir Wetzler, MD, FACP, Chief of the Leukemia Section at Roswell Park. “We applaud this dedicated group for their ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of not only fellow firefighters, but cancer patients everywhere.”

“The scientists at Roswell Park depend on donations like this to help fuel the most critical stages of cancer research,” said Roberto Pili, MD, Chief of the Genitourinary Section at Roswell Park. “This gift will have a direct impact on the most promising studies that seek new ways of improving and prolonging the lives of kidney cancer patients.”

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.

Media Contact: 

Kerry Jones Waring, Senior Communications Coordinator
716-845-1027; kerry.jones@roswellpark.org