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The 11 Day Power Play donates $50,000 to local pediatric cancer program

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Posted at 7:22 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 19:22:50-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The 11 Day Power Play presented a $50,000 check at Oishei Children's Hospital Wednesday to benefit a local pediatric cancer program.

The program is a joint collaboration between Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Officials say the donation will support the bone marrow transplant program which provides pediatric cancer patients with cutting-edge treatment and care right here in Western New York.

“The ability to offer bone marrow transplants to pediatric cancer patients here in Western New York is critically important. These therapies allow children and families to remain close to home during the extensive treatment and follow-up process,” said Kara Kelly, MD, medical director, Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program.

Officials say the program requires extensive training and continuing education for clinical staff to ensure the kids have access to the best possible care, these funds will help support that.

Patients, their families, nurses, doctors, therapists on the 12th floor at Oishei Children’s Hospital which is the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. inpatient critical care unit for the program created “Thank You” artwork for Mike and Amy Lesakowski, founders of the 11 Day Power Play.

“We are extremely grateful to Mike and Amy and for the generosity of all those who supported the 11 Day Power Play. We are committed to bringing the most advanced and cutting-edge treatments to the children of WNY. This gift will allow more children to be surrounded by their closest family and friends during their difficult treatment and recovery journey. Our team at Oishei continues to be humbled by the incredible spirit of giving that flows through our city of good neighbors,” said Stephen Turkovich, MD, chief medical officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital.