Where the funds go.
The funds you raise directly help those who need it.
Here are examples of what your support makes possible.
Here are just a few examples of what your support makes possible.
When you support the Ride for Roswell, you are impacting the lives of cancer patients who turn to Roswell Park for care and hope.
Support from the Ride Community makes a difference!
You’re part of something incredible when you support Ride for Roswell: you’re shaping the future of cancer care. At Roswell Park, researchers and clinicians are working together to bring the newest, most innovative treatments and technologies to our patients. They’re bringing to life cancer-fighting approaches we could only dream about 10 years ago.
Research and clinical trials.
Donor support is fueling incredible, groundbreaking changes to the cancer landscape.
An emerging field of precision medicine.
In standard care, a cancer patient goes through a diagnostic phase to diagnose and stage their cancer, followed by treatment, radiation or therapeutics. Through an emerging field of precision medicine called theranostics — a combination of therapeutics and diagnostics — experts at Roswell Park are providing a new level of care combining those two steps. This approach is becoming available to a growing number of patients who have otherwise exhausted their treatment options. And Roswell Park will be on among those leading the field in finding new ways to bring this treatment to them.
CAR T-cell Therapy.
Advancing pioneer methods that will generate new clinical trials.
Roswell Park has been developing novel uses for CAR T-cell therapy, enhancing scientific discoveries that can change the way we treat cancer. This work started in hematological malignancies and, thanks to forward thinking, patient-focused leadership at Roswell Park, will expand to solid tumors as well. Led by Roswell Park’s Deputy Director and the Katherine Anne Gioia Endowed Chair in Cancer Medicine, Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD, the advancement of these pioneering methods will generate new clinical trials to introduce this type of cancer care to a growing number of patients.
Immune Monitoring Program.
A deep dive into how new treatments impact patients.
It is critical to determine if a treatment in clinical trial is proving to be effective against a patient’s cancer. Through the Immune Monitoring Program, Roswell Park will analyze on a deeper level how each clinical trial treatment interacts with a patient’s complex immune system. With donor support, critical data related to immunotherapies will be unlocked so our clinicians can continue bringing hope to Roswell Park patients and their families.
SurVaxM brain cancer vaccine.
An immunotherapy that was discovered at Roswell Park and is now across the United States.
Roswell Park became the first center to treat patients in the phase 2B clinical trial of the brain cancer vaccine SurVaxM in early 2022. This therapeutic vaccine was originally developed at Roswell Park thanks to passionate donor support. For years, Roswell Park donors have been empowering clinicians and researchers to reach this advanced stage on the road to FDA approval. Every donation helps to offset costs, covering critical aspects of the work and keeping this trial on track and ultimately bringing hope to countless patients around the nation and the world.
At Roswell Park, we’re committed to the care of the whole person. Our work doesn’t end at medical treatment, but encompasses the mental, emotional and spiritual wellness of our patients, as well. When you participate in or donate toward Ride for Roswell, you’re making it possible for Roswell Park experts to run Quality-of-Life Programs like these.
Funding a non-familial match for a bone marrow transplant.
Before a patient receives a bone marrow transplant, they need to go through human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing to find a donor with the best genetic match. This process is not typically covered by health insurance when a patient needs to find a donor who is not a familial relative. Through a Quality-of-Life grant, made possible by the generosity of donations, patients have financial support through their HLA typing and transplant process.
Creative Arts Team.
Art programs and experiences for patients and care givers.
Researchers at Roswell Park found that dedicated exposure to art improves patients’ hope and mental well-being and decreases their anxiety. The Art Heals Gallery, a curated space for patients and their loved ones to relax and immerse themselves in work by some of the area’s best artists, is fully supported by donations. The Creative Arts Team at Roswell Park is committed to providing not only incredible artwork for patients to enjoy, but art in which they can actively participate, as well, like art kits for inpatients, creative events and other experiences.
Transportation & Translation Services.
Ensuring all WNYers have access to care available at Roswell Park.
Roswell Park is committed to giving patients the best possible care. If those patients can’t get to Roswell Park or have barriers to communication when they arrive, they can’t receive the care they need. Powered by donor funding, Roswell Park’s Transportation & Translation Services helps our patients access critical cancer care who might not be able to do so otherwise. There’s an increasing number of patients at Roswell Park who don’t have reliable transportation and a growing population of patients in need of translation support, so now more than ever its crucial to provide these services so everyone can have access to the best cancer care available to them.
Scientific Advisory Committee Grants.
Many of the world-class scientists at Roswell Park have new research ideas that could change the course of cancer treatment and lead to cancer cures. Roswell Park’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) directs grant funding fueled by generous donors so their ideas can take off and bring about lifesaving standards of care. Through a rigorous, competitive process, researchers apply for donated funds and an internal, objective committee decides which projects receive funding. Projects reach all departments at Roswell Park and more than 500 studies have been funded in the last 30 years.
Donate with confidence.
Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, gives the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation a four-star rating, their highest seal of approval. This rating indicates that the Alliance Foundation adheres to best practices, exceeds industry standards and outperforms its peers. Roswell Park is proud to receive this recognition for charitable excellence for the seventh consecutive year.