The Courage of Carly Fund gives children with cancer and blood disorders the fighting chance that they all deserve. Providing everything from unforgettable memories and family events to financial support, we offer hope and a little bit of extra happiness to children, teens and their families.

As of Monday, March 16, all Courage of Carly events are postponed until further notice. As this is an ever-evolving situation, we highly recommend that you follow Roswell Park’s Coronavirus updates to have the most accurate information regarding Roswell Park’s current precautions and policies.

Funding Research

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.

Giving Strength

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.

Marching Forward

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.

Latest News

Supporting Mental and Emotional Health in the Lives of Kids with Cancer and Blood Disorders

It’s early morning in the Katherine, Anne and Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center. Brandee Aquilino, PsyD, MA, is in her office looking at her schedule and preparing for her day. In her role as the Medical Psychologist with the Department of Pediatrics, Brandee helps children and families deal with their medical struggles and with the thoughts and feelings that come both with treatment and after.

Making Treatment Easier for Kids

Cancer and blood disorder treatments can be very scary for kids — full of loud, unfamiliar noises, bright lights, strange people, discomfort and pain. For children with high anxiety, special needs or ongoing pain, doctor visits and treatment sessions can be nearly unbearable. That’s why Roswell Park Child Life Specialist Jessica Krahmer wanted to create a special environment that would ease the experience for them. She was able to develop it and put it into action thanks to generous donations made through Roswell Park’s Quality-of-Life Program. 

Meet Megan, Our New Coordinator!

In December, we said hello to our new Courage of Carly Fund Coordinator Megan C.! We are so excited to have her as part of our team. A born and raised Buffalo girl, Megan jumped in ready to make an impact. Here are 5 facts about her. We can't wait to start this next chapter with Megan! If you haven't already, make sure to give her a warm Courage of Carly Fund welcome here.

You can give every child a fighting chance!