Roswell Park Community to Gather Around Tree of Hope Friday, Dec. 12

Lighting of Tree of Hope by pediatric cancer survivor to cap family-friendly holiday event

Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s (RPCI’s) annual Tree of Hope lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Kaminski Park and Gardens on the RPCI campus.

This free, family-friendly event, to be held in honor of all who are touched by cancer, will feature holiday activities such as live music, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting and a gingerbread house raffle.

Guests can expect all the joys of the holiday season at this outdoor event, which is co-sponsored by WGRZ 2 On Your Side and West Herr Automotive. The festivities will culminate with the lighting of the Tree of Hope by a cancer survivor from Carly’s Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY.

Activities and attractions to be featured at this year’s Tree of Hope:

• Performances by Buffalo-born recording artists
The Doyle Brothers, The Caroling Counselors and
The Friends of Harmony’s HyNotes

• Visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus

• Horse-drawn-carriage rides donated by the
Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club

• Live ice sculpting by Paul Strada

• Gingerbread house raffle

• Face painting

• Make-your-own-ornament kids’ craft station

• Actors from the Alleyway Theatre production of
“A Christmas Carol,” running December 11-21
(information and tickets at

• Dunkin’ Donuts, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of
Buffalo and BJ’s Wholesale Club to provide
• Animated light show: a display of 75,000
energy-efficient LED lights, orchestrated to
holiday music
• Free Yroswell Blinkin’ Sunglasses, while
supplies last

The event will also feature a candle ceremony paying tribute to those we’ve lost to cancer and survivors still fighting the disease, and attendees will have the opportunity to write personal and inspirational messages on snowflake ornaments to be placed on a holiday tree in the Roswell Park main lobby.

Guests may register to attend Tree of Hope by contacting 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or online at

Free parking will be available in Roswell Park’s on-campus parking ramp, located at Carlton and Elm Streets in Buffalo.
Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario television viewers can watch live coverage of the event on WGRZ-TV Channel 2 that evening beginning at 5 p.m.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

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