roswellness connections(July 2010)

Video Spotlight:
Audio Spotlight:
Roswell Round-Up:
Events and Giving Opportunities:
Donor Impact:
Patient Voice:
Business Partner of the Month

Many thanks to 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 or call 716-845-1038.



Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon combined. The good news is that skin cancers can be easily treated. If detected early, nearly 100% can be cured. Protect your skin this summer by adhering to the following recommendations from Roswell Park's skin cancer team:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Avoid outdoor tanning and especially tanning booths.
Doctors also recommend you check your entire body for atypical moles or other changes every month. Check out this helpful tip sheet to learn more. Remember to have fun in the sun--responsibly!

Video Spotlight

Russell's Legacy at The RideRussell's Legacy at The Ride
Tom Healey has participated in The Ride for Roswell for fourteen years in honor of his son, Russell, who lost his battle with cancer in 1998. WGRZ-TV’s Adam Benigni shares the touching story of the Healey family, and see how The Ride For Roswell is an opportunity for many to pay tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Watch the story now or see the results of the June 26 Ride For Roswell at


Audio Spotlight

The Latest on Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer
Roswellness Radio features a discussion with Dr. Sai Yendamuri, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Thoracic Oncology and Surgical Oncology, as he offers his expert take on the prevention and treatment of these diseases.


Roswell RoundUp

Researchers Find Link Between Body Mass Index, Outcomes for Hodgkin's Lymphoma Patients
Overweight or obese Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who receive standard chemotherapy may experience poorer outcomes than patients who maintain a healthy weight, according to a retrospective analysis conducted by researchers at RPCI. First author Ritesh Patil, MD, of RPCI’s Department of Medicine, presented the results of this analysis on June 5 at the 46th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, IL.


The research team studied 137 patients treated at Roswell Park between 2000 and 2009. Their median age was 33 years, and 65% were either overweight or obese based on their body mass index. Among all patients in the study, disease relapse occurred for 23.4%. Progression-free survival was 19.5% lower in patients with BMI at or above 25. While an additional 75 patients have been added to the analysis since these results were first recorded, the same trends have been observed. Read more about the findings.


Local Teachers Run Buffalo MarathonLocal Teachers Run Buffalo Marathon to Honor Students’ Cancer Battles
On May 30, 82 runners from Team Cure Challenge took on the Buffalo Marathon and raised over $40,000 for Roswell Park with their efforts. Many runners were motivated by a personal connection to the cancer cause, including educators from two local schools that ran in honor of students’ cancer battles.


Carrie Aman, a teacher at Armor Elementary School in Hamburg, ran in honor of student Ellie DeLucia, who is battling a brain tumor. Plus, a dedicated group from Pinehurst Elementary in Lake View, NY, took on their second annual Buffalo Marathon and raised nearly $20,000 for cancer research and patient care in memory of Janie Kashino, a former student at Pinehurst who lost her battle with cancer at age six in 2008.


Ready for your own challenge? Visit today to get started on your training and fundraising for events throughout the year, including the TOPS 5K Run/Walk on August 28 and September’s Lake Tahoe Marathon.


Can Genetic Markers Help Determine the Most Effective Breast Cancer Treatment?
Researchers at RPCI are hoping to determine whether genetic profiling may effectively identify which breast cancer patients are most likely to respond to the drug trastuzumab. Preliminary research findings were presented by lead investigator Thaer Khoury, MD, FACP, on June 5, 2010 at the annual American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting.


Trastuzumab interferes with a protein, known as the HER2 receptor, that’s linked to breast cancer. But because a high number of breast cancer patients — approximately 50 percent — don’t respond to the drug and experience disease progression or recurrence, there’s great interest in research that might uncover the factors driving those responses.


Dr. Khoury and his team hope that differential expression of key genes identified in this study may offer insights into trastuzumab resistance among breast cancer patients, and might emerge as potential biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Read more.



Events and Giving Opportunities

Get Ready for Carly's CrossingGet Ready for Carly's Crossing!
Summertime is here! When you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, why not jump in and start training for Carly’s Crossing 2010? Western New York’s largest open-water swim event, presented by Creditors Interchange, will take place on Sunday, August 15, in Buffalo’s Small Boat Harbor. Now is a great time to register and start fundraising in support of pediatric cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park. Or join us on land for the party! Learn more and register at


Hey Students: Go Bald, Get to Kissmas Bash!
Go Bald, Get to Kissmas BashIt may seem early to start thinking about the annual Kissmas Bash concert, but tickets to the event could be in your future! If you’re a student who is interested in hosting a Goin’ Bald for Bucks event at your school, sign up today to receive information and you could win a free ticket to the star-studded show! Visit and help us make 2010-2011 the most successful Goin’ Bald year yet!


All Star Night 2010: Reserve Your Table Now
This year’s All Star Night gala will be held on Saturday, November 13, and now is the perfect time to reserve your company or organization’s spot at the event! Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Herd About Buffalo, and honor our most dedicated supporters and partners, including Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who will receive the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Award. Miller will be recognized for his ongoing and selfless dedication to supporting pediatric cancer patients at Roswell Park. To be a part of All Star Night 2010, contact Mary Rose McDermott at 716-845-3517 or


Patients and Survivors: Share Your Story!
We want to hear from you! If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, you have the chance to share your experience and help inspire others to support Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Visit and click on the "New Era New Hope" tab to share your story. You’ll help inspire a designer at New Era Cap Co. to design a unique cap that represents the hope, courage and strength shared by every cancer patient. Proceeds from the sale of the caps will support cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park. No Facebook account? Email your story to


Donor Impact

Palliative CarePalliative Care: More Comprehensive for Patients, Thanks to Your Gifts
The Palliative Care program at Roswell Park helps provide support and comfort for patients facing end-of-life issues, and thanks to your support, the team’s expertise is more comprehensive than ever.


Donor-funded support allowed for the addition of a full-time nurse practitioner to be added to the Palliative Care staff. The Palliative Care team, led by Yashodhara K. Satchidanand, MD, is dedicated to assisting Roswell Park’s most vulnerable patients in late stages of their disease. Additional members of the collaborative Palliative Care team of seven include social workers and nurses. Read more about the Palliative Care program.


Patient Voice

Lynn KammererLynn Kammerer
Lynn Kammerer (pictured with husband Bill and granddaughter Emmy) is in the midst of treatment for colon cancer, but that didn’t stop her from doing her part to give back to Roswell Park. Lynn raised funds in support of cancer research and patient care by becoming a virtual rider in this year’s Ride For Roswell.


I'm a Stage IV Colon Cancer Warrior. It originated in my appendix and is rare and aggressive. I pray that someday someone in my position will have more options to become cancer free.


I joined The Ride because I was excited to see that my oncologist was a team leader for this wonderful event. Thank you, Roswell Park...from the bottom of my heart.


Business Partner of the Month

Marrano/Marc Equity Corporation Marrano/Marc Equity Corporation
Marrano/Marc Equity Corporation is "Raising the Roof" once again! As part of their "Raising the Roof" fundraising campaign, the team from Marrano is building a beautiful new home at the Greythorne Luxury Patio Home Community in Williamsville, NY. A portion of the sale of the home will benefit cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park.  


The project will also give Olivia Gonyea, a nine-year-old Carly's Club pediatric patient, the opportunity to work alongside Marrano’s professional interior design team to decorate a child's room in the home. The house is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2010. Read more about the partnership here. Thank you to our friends from Marrano/Marc Equity for helping to “build” new hope for our patients!  Read more about the partnership here.