The Future of Roswell Society (FOR Society) is a committee that is dedicated to spreading awareness of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, while helping to raise funds throughout the year. One of the ways that they do this is by hosting a fall celebration event. The funds raised at the event are directed to a different research project each year.
Previously, FOR Society contributed towards helping to expand Roswell Park’s 3D Imaging Program. The funds raised at the upcoming fall celebration event (see below) will support specialized genetic testing by establishing a patient fund to support access to this kind of testing.
‘“The Future of Roswell Society exists to support Roswell Park through philanthropy and community stewardship,” said Dillon Joseph, Chairman of the Future of Roswell Society. “This is our flagship event of the year where we love to bring our friends, colleagues, and peers together to celebrate and support the work at Roswell Park. Each year, our committee selects a specific cause at Roswell to be supported by our donations. This year, the Future of Roswell Society is supporting the Cancer Genetics team in search of tailored treatments and lifesaving preventive care. In addition to appetizers and an open bar included with the ticket, we have Roswell’s Dr. Joyce Ohm as a special guest to share her compelling experiences with patient treatment in cancer genetics and genomics.”
“As we increase our knowledge about how our genes drive cancer, we can use this information to identify the best treatment strategies for each of our patients,” said Joyce Ohm, PhD, Interim Chair Department of Cancer Genetics and Genomics. “Specialized genomics testing is a key part of our strategy to develop new drugs to treat the unique tumor of every individual, design innovative new immunotherapy approaches to harness the power of the patient’s immune system to attack the cancer, and monitor how well patients respond to therapy. We are excited about how new research in this area at Roswell Park today will drive the advancements of the future and will continue to improve the lives of our patients before, during, and after they successfully complete treatment.”
Aside from coming together to do great things for Roswell, FOR Society is a unique group because all of its members are under the age of 35. It is that youthful enthusiasm and passion that energizes the committee, which ripples forth into its endeavors.
“I’ve been involved at Roswell since I was a kid helping with the Paint Box Project, so being a part of the young alliance group is so important to me,” said Kilby Bronstein, member of FOR Society. “We are young philanthropists making a small and large difference in cancer research. For me, as a business owner in the community it is so important to support different organizations, and after some very dear people to me have gone through treatment at Roswell… well, I couldn’t choose a better organization to support.”
It is with the selfless and loyal help of the community that FOR Society is, year after year, able to ensure that Roswell is provided with the resources that it needs to advance these types of specialized projects. And what better way to do that, than coming together via a fall celebration event in downtown Buffalo at The Draft Room (79 Perry Street) on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (5:30pm-8pm).
“We’ve got a great committee that has spearheaded the effort to educate their peers about all the great work that Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center does and why it’s so important to support the research that will become tomorrow’s treatments,” said Shannon Twombly Senior Coordinator for Donor Stewardship Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “Through their community advocacy, which began four years ago, the Future of Roswell Society’s membership has grown amongst the 25 to 40 age group in WNY and beyond. We hope to continue to grow our membership and make an impact on cancer research and patient care.”
Lead image: FOR Society committee members at the Beverages FOR Breakthroughs event this past June