The bright blue buffalo statues you may have seen in recent days at landmarks and events have lots to do with fighting cancer in the region.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center announced this week that these “herd sightings” are part of a new grassroots fundraising campaign called Herd of Hope.
The effort is a new take on the Herd About Buffalo public art project in 2000 that raised $1 million for Roswell Park.
This summer, rather than each Buffalo being decorated and auctioned off, Herd of Hope is giving the corporate community the opportunity to sponsor its own blue buffalo statue to display at local businesses.
Inspired by the vision of Roswell Park volunteer and fundraiser Bill Loecher, the Herd of Hope campaign aims to raise funds to advance research taking place at the institute.
“There is no shortage of brilliant ideas at Roswell Park that might someday lead to a cure of this horrible disease — ideas that are continually being developed in laboratories right here in Buffalo. It’s only the lack of funding that has kept many of these ideas still sitting on a researcher’s bench back in the lab,” Loecher said in a news release.
Each metal buffalo is approximately 4 feet long by 3 feet tall and painted in the distinctive blue color of Roswell Park’s logo. There is only one sponsorship level, $5,000 per buffalo; 33 businesses have already made their sponsorship commitment, including The Buffalo News, where a statue sits in the lobby.
Those interested in sponsoring a buffalo or learning more can visit herdofhope.org or call 845-4373.