Carly Collard Cottone smiles with her two siblings

Carly's story.

Our inspiration!

When 8-year-old Carly Collard Cottone was diagnosed with brain cancer, she knew she could make a difference. She was up against something tough, but it was a challenge she faced with courage and optimism.

Throughout her treatment, Carly had a drive to bring happiness to other kids just like her.

Carly had a tremendous support group around her filled with family and friends, and she wanted to ensure that every kid going through treatment was embraced with the same amount of love and support she felt. 

So, on her 9th birthday she formally started Carly’s Club at Roswell Park!

Carly Collard Cottone smiles with a bow in her hair
A young Carly waves to the camera. She is holding a doll in front of her with her other arm, it rests on a table.
A young Carly waves to the camera
A smiling Carly pets her dog

Although Carly was only on this earth a short time, her legacy continues today.

Because of Carly, children facing cancer and blood disorders have a fighting chance through the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park. Providing everything from unforgettable memories and family events to financial support, donations allow the Courage of Carly Fund to offer hope and a little bit of extra happiness to children, teens and their families.