Anne D. Gioia's long legacy of helping Roswell Park Cancer Institute is continuing.
The well-known philanthropist and civic leader – who in 1991 co-founded the cancer center's fundraising arm – has been reappointed to a seventh term on the institute's board of directors.
Gioia is a former teacher who, with her sister-in-law, Donna Gioia, helped found the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation two years after Anne experienced the loss of her 5-year-old daughter, Katherine, in 1989 to a rare form of pediatric cancer. That nonprofit foundation has since grown into a prominent Western New York fundraising organization, raising more than $330 million for research with a focus on improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
"Anne's dedication to Roswell Park and everything we work to achieve is remarkable," Roswell President and CEO Candace S. Johnson said in a statement announcing the reappointment. "She has been by our side fighting the fight with us for nearly three decades, and brings to her role on the board great intelligence shaped by her incredibly broad experiences as a community leader."
She is the co-recipient with Donna Gioia of the Society of Surgical Oncology's James Ewing Layman Award and will be honored with the naming of the new Katherine, Anne and Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center at Roswell Park, which will open this fall.
Anne Gioia has co-authored "Bobo's Just fine," a book about cancer for children and their families. She also serves on the boards of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and Canisius High School. Previous community service includes work with Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo General Health System, the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Canisius College and Nardin Academy.
Gioia lives in Buffalo with her husband, Richard. They have two grown children, Richard and Gregory, and a grandson.
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