You’re making a difference when you go Bald for Bucks

When you participate in Bald for Bucks, you’re making a difference in the lives of cancer patients today and in the future. You’re paving the way for brand new care options that will save lives AND you’re helping to bring hope and comfort to patients and loved ones in the midst of their cancer journey. By supporting Bald for Bucks, you’re showing you care about expanding cancer research and enhancing compassionate care programs.

Research and Clinical Trials

Two doctors doing research

You’re part of something incredible when you support Bald for Bucks: you’re shaping the future of cancer care. At Roswell Park, researchers and clinicians are working together to bring the newest, most innovative treatments and technologies to our patients. They’re bringing to life cancer-fighting approaches we could only dream about 10 years ago. Donor support is fueling incredible, groundbreaking changes to the cancer landscape.

Click below to learn more about CAR T-Cell Therapy and the Immune Monitoring Program, two programs your fundraising is making possible.

Two doctors doing research

Roswell Park has been developing novel uses for CAR T-cell therapy, enhancing scientific discoveries that can change the way we treat cancer. This work started in blood cancers and, thanks to forward thinking, patient-focused leadership at Roswell Park, will expand to solid tumors, as well. Led by Roswell Park’s Deputy Director and the Katherine Anne Gioia Endowed Chair in Cancer Medicine, Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD, the advancement of these pioneering methods will generate new clinical trials to introduce this type of cancer care to a growing number of patients.

Dr Brenthens in his lab with fellow researcher on computer 

It is critical to determine if a treatment in clinical trial is proving to be effective against a patient’s cancer. Through the Immune Monitoring Program, Roswell Park will analyze on a deeper level how each clinical trial treatment interacts with a patient’s complex immune system. Through this process, researchers will use state-of-the-art equipment and novel approaches to continue and propel their lifesaving work. With donor support, critical data related to immunotherapies will be unlocked so our clinicians can continue bringing hope to Roswell Park patients and their families.

Quality-of-Life Programs

Patient at Roswell Park in Resource Center

At Roswell Park, we’re committed to the care of the whole person. Our work doesn’t end at medical treatment, but encompasses the mental, emotional and spiritual wellness of our patients, as well. When you participate in or donate toward Bald for Bucks, you’re making it possible for Roswell Park experts to run Quality-of-Life Programs like these.

Click the categories below to learn more about The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource Center and Elevate Salon and the Creative Arts Team.

Going through cancer treatment can be one of the toughest times in a patient and their loved ones’ lives. Thankfully, donors fully fund The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource Center at Roswell Park to ease some of the stressors faced. There, patients and caregivers are greeted with warmth and compassion. They can access educational materials, comfort items and various resources to help them through their cancer journey. To accommodate for the growing patient population, Roswell Park also recently opened the Elevate Salon where experts help patients navigate hair loss. These essential spaces put patients’ needs first and allow for a safe place to take a deep breath and gather strength.

Researchers at Roswell Park found that dedicated exposure to art improves patients’ hope and mental well-being and decreases their anxiety. The Art Heals Gallery, a curated space for patients and their loved ones to relax and immerse themselves in work by some of the area’s best artists, is fully supported by donations. The Creative Arts Team at Roswell Park is committed to providing not only incredible artwork for patients to enjoy, but art in which they can actively participate, as well, like art kits for inpatients, creative events and other experiences.

Making an impact is easy. All it takes is you.

Bald for Bucks is a truly meaningful act that both raises funds, awareness and symbolically supports cancer patients in our community and beyond.