Outstanding volunteer, scientist also recognized at event to raise funds for research, patient programs
(BUFFALO, NY) Giuliana Rancic, star of E!’s Fashion Police and a breast cancer survivor, visited Buffalo today to receive the Gilda Radner Courage Award from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Giuliana and her husband Bill attended the 22nd annual All Star Night gala at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to share remarks about their family’s experience with breast cancer.
Ms. Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and she and Bill shared the experience of her diagnosis and treatment with their national audience through public appearances and their Style Network reality show Giuliana and Bill. At All Star Night, the couple spoke of the impact breast cancer had on them, and how the experience inspired them to become advocates for other women facing the disease.
The evening’s program also included recognition of Williamsville resident Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Roswell Park, who received the Thomas B. Tomasi, MD, PhD Hope Award for his career achievements in cancer research. Additionally, Kali Korzelius of Grand Island, NY, a dedicated volunteer and program assistant for Roswell Park’s Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer program who lost her battle with brain cancer in September 2012, was honored posthumously with the Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award.
All Star Night 2012, presented with support from M&T Bank, featured the theme “Destination: Cure” and celebrated the diverse cultures and backgrounds that are represented in the Roswell Park community. Proceeds from the evening will be used to fund promising cancer research and compassionate patient care programs at Roswell Park.
The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Roswell Park, 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 Roswell Park’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@Roswellpark.org.
Leslie Garrity, Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications