WYRK’s Taste of Country Strums Up Support for Breast Cancer Research at Roswell Park

Auction of pink guitar signed by country stars, sales of pink cowboy hats to benefit RPCI
Thursday, May 31, 2012

BUFFALO, NY — Country music is inspiring breast cancer cures at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). Country 106.5 WYRK-FM has been busy collecting autographs from country music stars who have come through Western New York in the last year, on a custom-designed pink guitar to be raffled off June 4. More than a dozen artists — including Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Kid Rock — have signed this very special acoustic guitar as part of the Country Music Inspires Cures campaign.

Supporters can donate $10 online at http://www.roswellpark.org/countrymusic for a chance to win the one-of-a-kind guitar, and there will be a special opportunity to donate at the Napa Auto Parts Taste of Country concert this Friday, June 1. Donations for the guitar will be accepted until midnight Saturday, June 2, and the winner will be announced live on the WYRK Breakfast Club morning show on Monday, June 4.

Each donation made to the 2012 Country Music Inspires Cures campaign will support life-saving breast cancer research at Roswell Park. Examples of this research include:

Roswell Park will also be selling pink cowboy hats at Taste of Country for $20 each, with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. Physicians from the Roswell Park Breast Center will make a special appearance on stage during the June 1 concert at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, and performers will include Eric Church, Joe Nichols, The Eli Young Band, Casey James and Dustin Lynch.

For more information, including photos of performing artists signing the Country Music Inspires Cures guitar, go to http://www.roswellpark.org/countrymusic.

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: 

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