In collaboration with the 2010 Susan G. Komen Western New York Race for the Cure, Roswell Park Cancer Institute will collect saliva specimens for its data bank and biorepository at the June 12 race.
One of only a few resources of its kind in the country, the DBBR at Roswell stores health information and specimen data from people with and without cancer. It provides researchers, who work to develop treatments and early-detection tools, with data that may help identify risk factors and reveal why some people develop cancer and others do not.
The "Spit for the Cure" effort on June 12 will see DBBR staff, working in a tent in Delaware Park, collecting saliva samples, from which genetic information can be extracted. Participants must be 18 years of age and will be asked to complete a health history questionnaire. For more information about "Spit for the Cure," contact Gregory Ciupak at 845-8863 or [email protected].
Families, teams, individuals and breast cancer survivors are all welcome to participate in the Race for the Cure, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the Delaware Park Rose Garden. Participants may run or walk the 5K (3.1-mile) course, or opt for the 1-mile fun run/walk. Pre-race activities begin at 7:30 a.m., and following the race there will be a celebration with family fun and awards. To pre-register, visit www.komenwny.org or pick up an entry form at any WNY Tim Hortons location.