There are many powerful ways to support Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s goal of freeing our world from the fear, pain and loss due to cancer. One of those ways is riding in or donating to the Ride for Roswell. That’s because the funds raised by the Western New York community each year at the Ride are put to work immediately, fueling cutting-edge cancer research and quality-of-life programs for cancer patients and their caregivers.
Roswell Park has the best and brightest researchers and doctors who have come from around the world to Buffalo, New York to dedicate their life to studying and treating cancer. Donations to Roswell Park through the Ride for Roswell enable breakthrough cancer discoveries and bring new treatments from the bench (lab) to the bedside (patients).
We’re proud to say that for every dollar donated to cancer research, Roswell Park is now able to leverage an additional $23 from external grants toward that research. This is thanks to the support of the Ride and the hard work of Roswell Park researchers.
How cancer research funding works
Cancer research requires a lot of work, resources and investment. With the great wealth of talent among Roswell Park’s researchers and scientists, there are a lot of promising ideas brewing. Many of these discoveries are only able to move forward with the support of donations.
Each year, Roswell Park scientists apply and compete for grants from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation through the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC process is led by Drs. Mukund Seshadri and Kirsten Moysich, who select an internal objective group of peers to sit on the committee based on expertise and areas of research. Reviewers are asked to thoroughly evaluate and consider the scientific promise of each application. The most promising grant applications are awarded with donor-raised funds to allow scientists to continue their cancer research.
This seed money is used for researchers to obtain primary research data and, in turn, apply for larger national grants. The initiatives that receive support often lead to long-term funding from national organizations and new treatments.
Impact of fundraising at Roswell Park
Since 2011, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, with funds from Ride for Roswell, has awarded over $16 million to researchers through the Scientific Advisory Committee through 245 grants to 146 scientists.
These grants have led to the publication of 167 papers, the start of at least 20 clinical trials based on homegrown science at Roswell Park and the investment of over $96 million in external grant funding.
That means that for every dollar donated to cancer research, Roswell Park receives an additional $23 in external funding for cancer research.
The dedication and commitment of riders, donors and volunteers is driving work in state-of-the-art labs that fuels discoveries that are changing the future of cancer.