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As Roswell evolves, so does Carly's Club

An organization that raises funds for pediatric cancer research and family support programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute has a new name.

Carly’s Club recently became the Courage of Carly Fund. The fund will continue to support research and family-centered programming to help children receiving outpatient care for nonmalignant blood disorders at Roswell Park’s new Katherine, Anne & Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center, scheduled to open next month.

“As Roswell Park approaches a new era of pediatric care, so does Carly’s Club,” hospital President and CEO Candace Johnson said in a news release. “Under a new name, the Courage of Carly Fund will celebrate the bravery and strength of all our young patients, and provide hope to the entire family as they continue their fight.”

Resources from the fund support research and programs to help children facing cancer and blood disorders, an effort started by 8-year-old Carly Collard Cottone, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1999.

While receiving treatment at Roswell Park, she wanted to help other kids also battling cancer. She used her “kids helping kids” mantra to share toys, gifts and positive experiences with other pediatric cancer patients.

Shortly before Carly’s death in August 2002, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation established an endowment in her name.

New Era Cap President and CEO Chris Koch also recently announced that the Buffalo-based company’s foundation has committed a multiyear donation as presenting sponsor of the Courage of Carly programs so more community donations can be directed toward research efforts.

“For nearly a decade, the partnership between New Era and Roswell Park has always been about hope, inspiration and empowering patients,” Koch said. Roswell Park’s pediatric program cared for more than 600 new patients last year.

As part of its Oishei Children’s Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder Program, which will launch this fall, Roswell’s program is expected handle more than 7,500 outpatient visits per year.

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