Sabres Alumni Association Announces $200,000 Endowment

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sabres Alumni Association Announces $200,000 Endowment to Help Roswell Park Prevent Breast Cancer
Risk Assessment and Prevention Program offers screening, exams, counseling and more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BUFFALO, NY The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association today announced a $200,000 endowment commitment to help Roswell Park Cancer Institute prevent breast cancer in high-risk cases. The endowment will support the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program at Roswell Park.

Faculty and patients from Roswell Park and representatives of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association and their wives were on hand at the clinic to announce the gift, which will be raised through the Association’s annual Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival, held each November since 2004.

This endowment will provide a secure annual source of revenue for years to come to help save lives through the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program. The program, established in 2006, benefits women who are concerned about their risk of developing breast cancer due to their personal family history, reproductive history or previous biopsy results.  Women receive critical services including comprehensive breast cancer risk assessment; regular clinical breast exams; breast imaging; genetic counseling and testing; and education about breast cancer risk reduction strategies. 

The endowment also will support new research of potential chemopreventive approaches to stopping the disease from starting. For example, a current clinical research study is enrolling premenopausal women with high risk of breast cancer to determine if whole flaxseed has the potential to reduce their risk for the disease.

“On behalf of the patients we serve, I would like to thank the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association and their wives for their generous commitment,” said Swati Kulkarni, MD, Director of the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program. “The program plays a very important role in prevention and early detection for women who are at increased risk by offering services that meet their specific needs. This gift will help ensure that women have access to the resources, education and care they need to make beneficial decisions about their health.”

Past proceeds form the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association Wine Festival have supported the redesign of patient consultation rooms and the Mammography Center within the Roswell Park Breast Center.

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Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org