Patient Care

Ninth Annual CARE After Cancer Event is April 19

Mar. 8, 2018
Fundraiser supports fertility preservation for young cancer patients
Mother with baby

Enjoy an evening of fun while supporting cancer survivors at the ninth annual C.A.R.E. Fundraising Event and Silent Auction sponsored by UR Medicine’s Strong Fertility Center, 7 -9 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at Oak Hill Country Club. The event benefits patients of the fertility center’s Childbearing After Recovery (C.A.R.E.), a program that helps young people diagnosed with cancer preserve their fertility before they begin cancer treatments.

Each year more than 140,000 young people are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. With today’s advanced cancer care, more young patients are surviving this disease than ever before. But treatments – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation – can affect a woman’s fertility and her ability to conceive a child.

While freezing the sperm of young men faced with cancer has been an option for decades, more recent technology allows for harvesting and freezing eggs and/or embryos in young women.  Banked eggs and embryos can then be successfully preserved for future use once a patient overcomes their disease and is ready to have children. But cost remains a barrier for many patients and is not covered by health insurance.

The Strong Fertility Center, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, a not-for-profit institution, has offset some of the cost to patients through its  Childbearing After Recovery (C.A.R.E) program.  Each year it hosts this fundraiser to enable more young cancer patients to receive financial assistance.  

13WHAM’s Doug Emblidge is the evening’s master of ceremonies. The event includes live music and dancing; a silent auction; a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and desserts; and complimentary wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Emblidge will lead a call to action segment to help raise money for cancer patients who need fertility preservation in 2018.

To register for the event or for more information, visit the C.A.R.E. After Cancer web site