Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY exists to offer support programs to make life more manageable for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and to raise funds for pediatric cancer research seeking cures at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Carly's Club programs funded by your donations include
- Family counseling
- Therapeutic play programs
- In-room/clinic visitation
- Educational advocacy/Cancer in the Classroom
- Family-centered events
- Caregiver support programs
- Stocked pediatric in-patient kitchen
- Patient “comfort bags”
Each year, thanks to many generous donations and sponsorships, Carly's Club members are treated to special parties such as a Halloween Bash; our annual Breakfast with Santa; Spa parties; a Summer Picnic; VIP Buffalo Bills tailgate parties; and much, much more! Other year-round opportunities funded by donations include tickets to local sporting events in VIP seats; tickets to concerts and theatre productions; and celebrity meet and greets.
Carly's Club is managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. The Foundation is an independent 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization and all donations to Carly's Club are tax-deductible. See our links above about existing events, or create your own “Team Cure” event benefiting Carly's Club!
- Currently over 450 pediatric cancer patients and their families are served by Carly's Club.
- Roswell Park's Department of Genetics is actively at work on several promising research projects fueled by Carly's Club donations. Results from these studies will form the basis of clinical trials to help childhood cancer patients locally, and across the world.
While childhood cancers are rare, they are the chief cause of death by disease in children under age 14. But we are winning the battle against cancer.
Over the past two decades, childhood cancer mortality has declined dramatically, nearly 40% since 1975. But the fight is not over. Roswell Park researchers are investigating the genetic bases of childhood cancers, research that offers the opportunity to provide individualized treatments for specific cancers - encouraging news for the families of the estimate 9,000 children who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
Along with the need for critical research, Carly's Club members and volunteers recognize the need for newly diagnosed children and families to feel at ease during what could be the most difficult time in their lives.
Our programs seek to help them understand what they and their families will experience throughout the course of treatment, and to ease their difficulties.