Fighting Cancer with Your Donations


In the spring, we shared Cheryl’s inspiring story of how she beat ovarian cancer. Not once, but three times.

During last week’s live Tree of Hope coverage, WGRZ Channel 2 shared more of Cheryl’s story and also interviewed Roswell Park Deputy Director Dr. Kunle Odunsi – the man she credits for introducing her to the clinical trial that saved her life.

The clinical trial, which was funded in part by donations to The Ride and Roswell Park, was for an immunotherapy treatment developed at Roswell Park that harnesses the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells.

Roswell Park is a leader in immunotherapy studies and is also home to one of the first Clinical Research Centers in the nation to focus specifically on the development of new cancer treatments and lead trials that impact patients in Western New York and beyond. At any given time, there are 250 or more clinical trials available at Roswell Park; 60 of which are currently focused on leveraging immunotherapy to fight cancer.

But launching clinical trials and bringing  new therapies to patients requires significant funding, making every dollar donated to The Ride critical to finding the next cancer cure.

Watch the video to hear how your donations to The Ride allowed Roswell Park are fueling new research initiatives at Roswell Park’s Center for Immunotherapy and bringing lifesaving treatments to the bedsides of more patients like Cheryl.