The Young Adult Cancer Network

Through the support of the Steadfast Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute established The Young Adult Cancer Network to meet the needs of our patients who are between 15 and 39 years of age.

Each year, 72,000 young patients between 15 and 39 years of age are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. It is the number one cause of disease-related death in this age group. Roswell Park is committed to learn more about AYA cancers, and to optimize the experience our AYA patients have with their disease.

The Young Adult Cancer Network consists of a multidisciplinary team to help meet the unique needs of this patient population. The team works with the referring specialist or primary care provider and will provide patients access to appropriate medical and supportive services during their treatment and beyond. 

To learn more about The Young Adult Cancer Network and access AYA events and updates, please contact


The Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Team

Lynda Kwon Beaupin, MD: Director of AYA Cancer Program 

Brandee Aquilino, PsyD, MA:  AYA Cancer Program Psychologist

Kristen Fix, LMSW: AYA Cancer Program Social Worker

Odochi Uwazurike: AYA Program Assistant

Robin Nusbaum: AYA Event Manager

Together, our goal is to assess the medical and psychosocial needs of each AYA patient. We work with the primary oncologist throughout one’s cancer experience/journey. We offer events, supportive services, and access to retreats that are unique to AYAs. 

AYA Events

Group Sessions

Please join us for the following group sessions at Labatt Pub, The Key Center.

Date: March 12, April 9, May 14
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: 50 Fountain Plaza Suite 900, Buffalo, NY 14202

Light refreshments will be served. 

Paint Night

Enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced, local artists to create a painted masterpiece! All of your materials will be provided as well as light fare and beverages. 

Date: March 23
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Painting with a Twist, 6363 Transit Road #550, Lancaster, NY 14086

Please RSVP by March 18.

Love Fest - Buffalo

Date: March 27
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo, NY 14202

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Love Fest - Buffalo event page

Annual Wellness Retreat

You and a guest are invited to participate in an all-day wellness retreat. Come and enjoy interactive sessions covering a variety of topics. Event is free of charge to all attendees and includes light breakfast as well as lunch. We encourage you to come in comfortable clothes as some of the sessions are interactive and/or include light physical activity or art materials

Date: April 4
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Roswell Park Zebro Conference Room

Please RSVP by March 30.

Game Night

You and a guest are invited to eat and play at Dave and Buster’s! Bowling, shuffleboard and video games—your inner-kid will thank you. Food and beverages as well as a “PowerCard” to be used at any of the video games will be provided. Video games not your thing? Come for the comradery and hang in our privately reserved space.

Date: May 5
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Dave and Buster's, 4545 Transit Rd. Suite 220 Buffalo, NY 14221

RSVP by May 8.

Sign up for our AYA events here, or contact Robin Nusbaum at 716-845-4100 or for more information. 

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