More than 50,000 patients turn to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for hope each year. Events like The Ride have a direct impact on the lives of our patients. Curious what your impact is? Keep reading!

Where do the funds go?

Many of the projects that have the potential to find cancer cures and save lives may not have the opportunity to flourish without support from people like you. When you donate to a rider, the funds go to Roswell Park and are managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.

What do they fund?

These funds are critical to Roswell Park scientists’ ability to develop new treatments. They also provide the resources needed to bring the research done in our labs to clinical settings where it can benefit patients the most. The benefits can be felt around the world!

For instance, a Roswell Park-led phase II clinical trial for a brain cancer vaccine is helping patients not only here but at four other cancer centers in the U.S., including the Cleveland Clinic and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The study is being funded entirely by donations.

The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation also devotes a portion of donations each year to supporting quality-of-life grants around Roswell Park. From arts and crafts to coffee carts to family support, these grants ensure that Roswell Park patients can focus on their fight while remembering that cancer doesn’t define them.

How are the funds distributed to new research projects?

The funds raised by The Ride For Roswell aren’t handed out freely. Twice a year, Roswell Park faculty compete with each other by submitting research proposals to the Alliance Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. This objective committee reviews internal proposals and awards grants to projects that show the most promise for finding cures and saving lives.

This past fall, over $1 million dollars — a portion of which came from donations to the 2017 Ride For Roswell — was awarded to 14 of the most promising preliminary cancer research projects at Roswell Park! To learn more about the 14 research projects that recently received funding, click here.

And the impact of donations doesn’t stop there. On average, every dollar donated to Roswell Park leads to an additional $13 in new grant funding!