Carly’s Crossing event raised awareness, funds for pediatric cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  The weather held up for the 13th annual Carly’s Crossing event at Gallagher Beach. Next month marks Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and in honor of that, “Carly’s Club” is trying to help top doctors cure pediatric cancer once and for all.

Dollars raised through this open water course help some of the world’s top scientists in their efforts to help cure pediatric cancer. Robin Nusbaum, Carly’s Club Manager said, “It’s a great day for Carly’s Club. It raises a lot of awareness about pediatric cancer and the struggles that families go through.”

For 13 years almost 300 brave swimmers take to the freezing waters to swim for the cause, over that time more than $1.5 million dollars has been raised.

Nusbaum said,”We’re offering that hope for a cure by providing funds for research that’s done right here in Roswell Park.” The inspiration for Carly’s Club comes from 8-year-old Carly Collard Cottone who died from a rare form of brain cancer in 2002. Carly’s Club funding is now supporting studies of drug resistance in pediatric tumors.

Cathy Zwierzchowski and her family participate in this event every year. She said, “Carly was a very close friend of our family, my husband ran a marathon for her, but after the marathon my husband said, we need to do more.” The program also offers support for families going through a cancer journey.

Zwierzchowski  said, “We celebrate Carly’s life and her inspiration. We have swimmers here that are Carly’s co-patients. So it’s an amazing day for us, for my whole family and for everybody here.”

This year, the fundraiser brought in $160,000 for Carly’s Club.

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