Bringing Much-Needed Hope to Children With Brain Cancer

This year’s selected project is led by Dr. Robert Fenstermaker, Roswell Park’s Chair of Neurosurgery, and Dr. Michael Ciesielski, Assistant Professor of Oncology, who developed a vaccine to battle brain cancer.

It’s already shown success for adults in clinical trials, and now we want to provide the funding Roswell Park needs to bring it to children, teens and young adults with medulloblastoma who have limited treatment options. This trial would be the first of its kind and could potentially be offered to young patients at 11 cancer centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Robert Fenstermaker
Dr. Michael Ciesielski

What is Roswell Park?

Driven to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has a long history of cancer care. Founded in 1898 as the nation’s first cancer research center, Roswell Park grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park. This highly respected surgeon believed that investigations in the lab and the clinic should go hand in hand. We’ve offered our patients this combined approach to cancer care for well over a century.

Today, Roswell Park is one of the leading cancer facilities in the country. Our research has led to historic breakthroughs in the way we understand, prevent and cure cancer. That expertise also enhances how we train the next generation of physician leaders.

What is the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation?

Established in 1991, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to maximize dollars available for Roswell Park’s most promising research, treatment and prevention programs while supporting the psychosocial needs of patients and families touched by cancer.

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Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, gives the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation a four-star rating, which is its highest seal of approval. This rating takes into account how the Alliance Foundation allocates its funds to categories like fundraising, administrative costs and program growth. Roswell Park is proud to receive this recognition for charitable excellence. We’ll keep on funding cutting-edge research and patient-support programs for as long as it takes to cure cancer.