South Buffalo Charter School Raises $12K for Roswell Park Cancer Institute

June 15, 2012 Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News


South Buffalo Charter School Raises $12K for Roswell Park Cancer Institute

June 15, 2012 Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM EDT

(WKBW release) Two years ago, the students at South Buffalo Charter School began participating in the Goin’ Bald for Bucks fundraising campaign as a way to help put a smile on the face of those battling cancer. That first effort raised $5,000.

According to a news release:

There were plenty of more reasons to smile today, as the school announced that its 2012 Goin’ Bald for Bucks effort raised $12,875.07 to help support cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

“Words cannot express how incredibly proud we are of our students and school community for the way in which they have embraced this effort,” said Carrie A. Dzierba, Head of Schools, South Buffalo Charter School. “This is not just another school fundraiser at South Buffalo Charter School. Our entire school community - from our students and teachers to parents and volunteers - has truly set an example for supporting others.”

School officials presented a check to representatives from Roswell Park this morning. Leading the presentation was Liam Garrett, a fourth grade student at South Buffalo Charter School, who raised the most money for this year’s effort among the student body. Garrett raised over $1,500 in pledges this year.
South Buffalo Charter School was the only public school in the City of Buffalo – charter or traditional – to hold a Goin’ Bald for Bucks fundraiser. The Goin’ Bald for Bucks program encourages groups, organizations and individuals to secure pledges in exchange for shaving their heads or cutting off at least ten inches of their hair.

“The efforts of the students and staff at South Buffalo Charter School will have a direct impact on lifesaving research programs at Roswell Park,” said Gokul Das, PhD, Associate Member in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park. “As a researcher whose breast cancer study received funding this year thanks in part to donations through Goin’ Bald for Bucks, I would like to express my personal appreciation to each student, staff member and the donors who supported them.”

Dr. Das is one of 22 scientists who recently received funding for promising research programs at Roswell Park thanks to community donors like South Buffalo Charter School.

The school’s effort was coordinated by Caroline Ventresca, an instructional coach, and Beth Maloney, the school nurse, both of whom lost their fathers to cancer. Over the past three years, South Buffalo Charter School has raised more than $27,000 through its Goin’ Bald for Bucks events.

“We know firsthand how the fight against cancer impacts families,” Ventresca said. “Like everyone whose life has been affected by this disease, we understand how important the research being done at places like Roswell Park is.”

“Even though our fathers are gone, this is something very personal that we can do to help continue their fight,” Maloney added. “Someday, we hope we can celebrate in their memory when a cure is found.”

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