The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program, a joint partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The grant money will be used to create a new model of care that will allow young patients to receive all outpatient care at RPCI and all inpatient care at the Oishei Children’s Hospital. The new design will allow the two facilities to expand highly specialized therapies so that young children will not have to leave the area for treatment.
The Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program serves patients from across New York and the country, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties. The Program allows Allegany County pediatric cancer patients to stay within the Western New York community for their treatment.
Dr. Martin L. Brecher, MD, Waldemar J. Kaminski Chair in Pediatrics at RPCI and Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo states that, “We’ve been developing plans for enhancing our Program for many years. Each institution contributes unique expertise and service to children and young adults with cancer and blood disorders — such as sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and anemia.
“This unified program will incorporate inpatient beds including isolation beds for blood and marrow transplant/high dose therapy patients at Oishei Children’s all in a specially protected environment with an expanded outpatient center with full facilities for infusion and chemotherapy at RPCI. The decision to build the new Oishei Children’s Hospital within blocks of Roswell Park provided a unique opportunity to collaboratively further expand and improve the diagnosis, treatment, and research programs available locally for children and their families who face these most challenging diseases.”
The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people.
If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in your community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the deadline for the Allegany County Area Foundation Scholarship Program is April 1st. The application link can be found in the menu bar on this web site.
In the attached picture: Karen Williams, ACAF Board Member; Morgan, a patient at Roswell Park; Dr. Matt Barth, a doctor at Roswell Park; and Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.