The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the team will partner with the Bald for Bucks initiative and Roswell Park Cancer Institute throughout the month of February to raise funds to support critical cancer research and patient-care programs.
"The Buffalo Sabres are an incredible partner in Roswell Park's fight against cancer, and we're so grateful for their passionate support of our mission," said Candace Johnson, Ph.D., Roswell Park president and CEO. "By raising funds for the Goin' Bald for Bucks program, they are enabling Roswell Park to pursue innovative cancer research and provide compassionate care programs for our patients and their families. Every donation makes a difference, and we're so appreciative of their efforts!"
As part of the effort, the Sabres and Bald for Bucks will release limited-edition T-shirts. Donors who contribute $50 will receive the T-shirt and have the chance to win autographed merchandise, tickets to future Sabres games and meet-and-greet opportunities.
"The Buffalo Sabres and our players are proud supporters of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and their efforts in the fight against cancer," said Bruce Popko, EVP of business development for Pegula Sports and Entertainment. "Programs like Bald for Bucks not only bring us one step closer to a world without cancer, but also provide important emotional support to those who are battling the disease."
Donations can be made online at Sabres.com/BaldForBucks or at KeyBank Center during the team's home games on Feb. 2, 9, 12 and 19. All money raised will stay in Western New York, with the goal of accelerating promising research projects and supporting programs that assist patients during their cancer journey.
About Bald for Bucks
Goin' Bald for Bucks began in 2002 when Western New Yorker Cathleen George was being treated for cancer. Her brother, Tony, promised his sister that he would shave his head with her and remain bald until her hair grew back. Tony, a teacher at Lake Shore High School, brought this idea to his students and many offered to help. One student suggested they raise money and then do the shaving, and a fundraiser was born. In the years since the program was founded, thousands of participants across Western New York have joined forces to raise over $4.2 million to help find cures and save lives.
About Roswell Park Cancer Institute
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in upstate New York. The institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email [email protected]. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.