Unable to travel with the rest of the team due to his injury, Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, took some time out on the afternoon of Friday, November 18 to brighten the spirits of the young patients at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Carly’s Club for Kids. Ryan first became involved with RPCI and Carly’s Club in 2007, a year after he and his father, Dean established the Steadfast Foundation. The foundation was born out of Miller’s cousin Matthew Schoals’ fight with leukemia. Schoals lost his courageous battle in October 2007, one week before his 18 birthday. The Steadfast Foundation is dedicated to assisting those afflicted and affected by the consequences of cancer, especially childhood forms of the disease.
“Our foundation raises funds for programs that create the right environment for kids fighting cancer, such as therapeutic play programs and other family-centered events,” says Miller. “Our biggest goal is to restore some normalcy to these kids’ lives and I hope that when I visit the kids at Roswell, that they can feel like any other kid, even for a few minutes. I’m not sure if they realize it, but they give back to me in so many ways.”
Funding from the Steadfast Foundation supports Carly’s Club group outings and special events to help children and families escape the rigors of treatment. In fact, Ryan gives Carly’s Club members the opportunity to cheer on the Buffalo Sabres in his suite at the First Niagara Center. Additional programs that benefit from Ryan’s support include social work and school intervention assistance; Cancer in the Classroom program for families and educators; and programs run in the Pediatric Center at Roswell Park including mentoring, patient milestone parties and the provision of laptops to help children communicate with loved ones and friends.
The Catwalk for Charity, held annually in Buffalo, NY, is the main fundraiser for The Steadfast Foundation.
Catwalk for Charity VI: Wrangling for a Cause, will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m. at the Town Ballroom, 681 Main Street in downtown Buffalo. The country-themed event will feature a live performance by country music superstar Craig Morgan, a VIP red carpet hosted by E! chief news correspondent (and Buffalo native) Ken Baker, local and national celebrities from sports and movies, an incredible live auction, and food from Buffalo’s finest restaurants. Miller and all of his Buffalo Sabres teammates, dressed in cowboy/western attire, will be at the “must attend” event on Buffalo’s social circuit. Even Rick Buffalo Sabres announcers Rick Jeanneret and Harry Neale will get in the spirit – when they dress up as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers!