Seeking Cures

The world-renowned physicians and researchers at Roswell Park often have ideas that could change the course of cancer treatment for children and lead to cancer cures. But, without funding, their ideas would never get off the ground.

That’s where the Courage of Carly Fund — and its supporters — come in. Donations allow researchers to take an idea they have and turn it into a reality, so that more lives can be saved.

Donations to the Courage of Carly Fund recently provided seed funding to launch three new research projects at Roswell Park aiming to:

  • Identify genetic determinants of treatment-related toxicities and outcomes for patients with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Improve the survival rate of pediatric patients with pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma through a new therapeutic intervention
  • Determine if specific genetic mutations cause the spread of synovial sarcoma, one of the most common solid tumors in children, adolescents and young adults

Advancing Care

Donations to the Courage of Carly Fund are also allowing Roswell Park to explore new therapeutic options that could lead to new standards of care, such as:

  • Genetic testing: Donations are covering the cost of a potentially lifesaving diagnostic test for pediatric patients who have failed standard treatment for their cancer. This test may help identify personalized therapies based on the patient’s genetic makeup
  • Wellness & Integrative Medicine Program: Charitable gifts are enabling Roswell Park to provide nutrition counseling and complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and reflexology, that help manage patients’ symptoms during and after treatment
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