The world-renowned physicians and researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center often have ideas that could change the course of treatment for pediatric cancers and blood disorders. But, without funding, their ideas would never get off the ground.
Donations to the Courage of Carly Fund help bridge this funding gap and allow Roswell Park scientists to develop and explore promising new research projects that could impact the lives of children with cancer and blood disorders.
When a child is diagnosed with something as serious as cancer or a blood disorder, the entire family is affected. At Roswell Park, our pediatric psychosocial team works in tandem with our Institute’s talented clinical team to offer not only excellent medical care, but also the crucial emotional and psychological support needed by each member of the family.
Thanks to community donations and partnerships, the Courage of Carly Fund offers psychosocial support resources at Roswell Park, in addition to year-round activities and events inclusive of the patients’ entire families. Recently, Courage of Carly members were treated to a game night at Dave and Buster’s, a trip to Build-a-Bear Workshop and the annual holiday party.
During a hard-fought battle with cancer, Carly Cottone Collard decided that she wanted help other kids who were also battling cancer and founded what was originally known as Carly’s Club.
Although Carly faced cancer with amazing courage and optimism, she lost her hard-fought battle in August of 2002. But her legacy continues today through the Courage of Carly Fund, which will also serve children receiving treatment for blood disorders in the Katherine, Anne & Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center at Roswell Park.