Advancement News - January 2013
The Wilmot Cancer Center is very fortunate to receive the support of many community-based fundraising groups. These groups fund research, patient needs, support nurses, and make educational initiatives possible. These funds are primarily raised through events, and it is generally a very small group of dedicated volunteers who make these events successful.
One such group, the Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York, has had particularly impressive results. Founded in 2010, this charitable organization devotes its energy to raising awareness and funds to support local research efforts in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Since their founding, they have raised $154,000 to support pancreatic cancer research here at Wilmot. In November, they had their annual indoor walk at the RIT Field House, which was attended by more than 1,000 people.
The group says that their volunteers are a reflection of the stories and faces of pancreatic cancer – their members have lost loved ones, are warriors in the fight, and are survivors who give us hope. They say that, “The adversity that brought us together also inspires us to not let our cause or our loved ones be forgotten. We are an incredibly devoted team of men and women committed to doing everything we can to help more people understand the disease through greater awareness of its symptoms, knowledge of the startling facts and statistics that we believe can be changed with more research and early detection methods, and to raise funds to keep advancing research until a cure is found.”
Having representation from the cancer center at these community-based events is very much appreciated by these dedicated groups. Please feel free to call our office at 585-276-4717 if you would like to get involved.