roswellness connections(March 2011)

Video Spotlight:
Audio Podcast:
Roswell Round-Up:
Events and Giving Opportunities:
Patient Voice:
Donor Impact:
Partners for a Cure

Thank you, our generous supporters and friends, for your continued dedication to our ongoing efforts in the fight against cancer. We appreciate your support through your donations and participation in fundraisers like The Ride For Roswell, Goin' Bald for Bucks, Team Cure Challenge, Carly's Club activities, The Paint Box Project and more! Feedback? Please email Giving@roswellpark.org or call 716-845-1038.

Video Spotlight

Dating and Breast Cancer: One Couple's Story
How do you tell your boyfriend you have breast cancer? Watch a Western New York couple talk about their experience in this story from WGRZ-TV. RPCI's Jennifer Hydeman, PhD, a medical psychologist, explains the importance of support by significant others.

Audio Podcast

Examining Gynecologic Cancer Treatment Options
Drs. Nefertiti duPont, Director of RPCI's High Risk Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic, and Peter Frederick, both Assistant Professors and gynecologic oncologists at Roswell, discuss treatment approaches including robot-assisted surgery for gynecologic cancers. RPCI’s Data Manager Matt Grasela and a cancer survivor add their insights to the conversation. Get a treatment consultation or become a patient by calling 1-800-ROSWELL or online at Become a Patient.

Roswell RoundUp

New Study Finds 1 in 20 Americans is a Cancer Survivor
A new analysis by the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one out of 20 Americans can identify themselves as a cancer survivor, thanks to new advances in detection and treatment. Dr. Stephen Edge, the Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology and medical director of Roswell Park’s Breast Center, shared his thoughts on this discovery with ABC News. "It's really quite staggering, and it's quite wonderful," said Dr. Edge. The CDC defines a cancer survivor as anyone at any age who has ever been diagnosed with any form of cancer and may have undergone treatment during or before 2007. To learn more about RPCI’s survivorship support programs, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI.

Team Roswell Goes Bald!
On Monday, March 7, more than 30 Roswell Park faculty, staff and patient family members took part in a Goin’ Bald for Bucks event to raise funds and show their support for patients. Team Roswell’s efforts raised over $40,000! Ready to organize your own Goin’ Bald for Bucks event? Visit www.baldforbucks.org to get started.

The Bottom Line: RPCI’S Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign
Roswell Park has partnered with local CBS affiliate WIVB-TV to launch The Bottom Line, an awareness program just in time for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The program kicks off at the March 19 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Expo, an event hosted by Roswell Park to provide the public with information on early detection, screening, risk factors and more. Check out our colorectal cancer tip sheet to learn more. Get a treatment consultation or become a patient by calling 1-800-ROSWELL or online at Become a Patient.

Events and Giving Opportunities

Break Out Your Bike! It's Almost Time to Ride
The Ride For Roswell is set for June 25. Now is the perfect time to register and start fundraising! This year’s Ride is bigger and better than ever, featuring a new 22-mile route and lots of expanded entertainment and fun at the post-Ride celebration. Check out more info and get started at www.RideForRoswell.org. And don't miss the April 7 kickoff at New Era Cap Co.'s downtown headquarters. Admission is $25. Team captains, Extra Mile Club members and sponsors get in free.

What Will Your Legacy Be?
You have the chance to make a gift to Roswell Park that costs you nothing during your lifetime. Include Roswell Park as a beneficiary of your bequest, charitable gift annuity, life insurance, retirement plan (IRA), or trust, and you’ll leave a legacy of support that makes an impact on cancer research and patient care programs. Find out more about the Dr. Roswell Park Society, or contact Kim Guido at kim.guido@roswellpark.org or 716-845-8720.

Go the Distance for Roswell Park at the Buffalo Marathon
Are you in warm-weather shape? Get healthy and do your part for Roswell Park by joining Team Cure Challenge at the Buffalo Marathon. If you’re not ready for the full marathon, try the half-marathon or relay race. Or just head to downtown Buffalo on May 29 and support our participants at Western New York’s premier running event. Get started today at www.TeamCureChallenge.com.

Patient Voice

Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen’s father faced the fight of his life when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007. In a recent Buffalo News My View column, Allen describes the support and care his entire family found during his father’s treatment at Roswell Park.

“Despite the odds, Roswell Park gave me three years with my dad. Without that time, I would never have truly known my own father,” shared Allen. “I would never have been able to call him my hero and mean it like I do now. But this is about more than my own fondness for Roswell Park. This is about an institution that embodies the unremitting spirit that defines Buffalo and its people.”

Donor Impact

Nudging Two Suppressed Genes May Help Block Leukemia Relapse
Despite considerable advances in our knowledge of leukemia, the treatment of this cancer remains challenging. Standard approaches typically offer initial promise as most patients do achieve remission. However, the rate of relapse is high and no new chemotherapy agents have made a significant impact. Thanks to generous donations, Michael Nemeth, PhD, Assistant Member in the Department of Medicine, is leading research to investigate a novel way to better eradicate leukemia cells and improve the duration of remission.

Partners for a Cure

The Steadfast Foundation
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has achieved near-legendary status among hockey fans in Buffalo. But Miller’s work with his Steadfast Foundation in support of pediatric cancer patients may be his biggest win.

The Steadfast Foundation funds lifesaving research of childhood cancer and helps provide psychosocial and diversionary programs that make life better for pediatric patients and their families. The Steadfast Foundation also recently partnered up with Roswell Park to establish the Adolescent and Young Adults with Cancer program to provide a new level of care for patients aged 15-29.

So how can you do your part to show the Steadfast Foundation their support is invaluable? Two new fundraising retail initiatives make it easy. Ryan Miller’s Kick-Save Krunch cereal, available at Western New York Tops Markets, Wegmans and Wilson Farms locations, helps raise funds for the AYA program through their Saves for Cancer initiative. Or, show your support in style with a signature Ryan Miller cap from New Era Cap. Miller’s annual Catwalk for Charity event gives the community another chance to do their part in support of Carly’s Club.

Thank you to Ryan Miller and the Steadfast Foundation for their all-star support of young people facing cancer.