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CCS Oncology Major PRESENTING Sponsor

W. Sam Yi, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Medical Director and Satish Sharma, M.D. FACS of CCS Oncology, one of Western New York’s premier cancer treatment centers, has teamed up with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation and their “Cure the Blue” Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign as the Presenting Sponsor of the Cure the Blue campaign.

 

Dr. Yi, and Dr. Sharma, with members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni and the Cure the Blue committee in attendance, recently presented the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation with a check for $50,000 at their Williamsville, NY location in support of their Cure the Blue prostate cancer awareness, education and research program.

 

 

(pictured right, left to right)

W. Sam Yi, M. D., Booker Edgerson

and Satish Sharma,  M.D. FACS

(pictured above, left to right)

Ed Rutkowski, Lou Piccone, Satish Sharma, M.D. FACS, Booker Edgerson, W. Sam Yi, M.D., Willie Underwood, M.D., Sydney Brown and

Charley Ferguson

Thank You For Your Generous Support

cure the blue rally for a cause Lakeshore Savings Bank supports Cure The Blue

 

September 17 , 2015

Legislator Dixon, Buffalo Bills Alumni

raise awareness for prostate cancer

through ‘Cure the Blue!’

(Erie County, NY)

– Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon along with Booker Edgerson and Ed Rutkowski, members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, held a presentation Thursday,

Sept. 17 at the Legislature to promote “Cure the Blue!”

a campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

 

“The Erie County Legislature is a proud supporter of the Buffalo Bills Alumni’s effort to promote, ‘Cure the Blue!’

to raise awareness, encourage education efforts, raise funds for research, and ultimately find a cure for prostate cancer. Through this campaign, we can deliver important information to thousands of men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer,” said Legislator Dixon, who wore blue along with her colleagues, to show their support.

Organizers involved with “Cure the Blue!” have been

visiting organizations to share their message and to educate men on the importance of getting an annual prostate check-up, which would provide them with valuable information about their health and help the prevention of this dreadful disease.

 

The goal of “Cure the Blue!” is to bring the same attention to prostate cancer in the NFL and nationally as breast cancer has received in October with teams wearing pink in support. This prostate cancer awareness project has already gone a long way in bringing attention to this form of cancer, and through the efforts of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation thousands of men could be saved from prostate cancer.

 

Edgerson, a prostate cancer survivor and members of the Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame, has shared his personal story to get others to talk about this topic. He has been a tireless advocate, along with Rutkowski and other members of “Cure the Blue!” to change how our society approaches prostate cancer.

 

For additional information, please contact Legislator Dixon at 858-8671 or email: lynne.dixon@erie.gov.

2015 Major Presenting Sponsor - CCS Oncology provides Comprehensive Cancer Services with state-of-the-art technology and individualized treatment options for The Independent Bankers Association of New York State and a western New York community bank, Lakeshore Savings Bank, have helped launch a nationwide campaign to support prostate cancer research and awareness.  hey hope to rally community banks across the country to help the cause.

 

A project with the Buffalo Bills alumni association, the Cure the Blue campaign is the brainchild of Booker Edgerson, a retired National Football League Buffalo Bills player and two-time prostate cancer survivor. Former Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl-winning coach Marv Levy, who also had a prostate cancer is involved as well.

 

Edgerson, a longtime advocate for prostate cancer prevention and research, was inspired in part to start the blue-ribbon campaign by the Susan G. Komen pink-ribbon campaign to fight breast cancer, explains John Witkowski, president and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State. Witkowski is encouraging community banks across New York State and across the country to get involved with Cure the Blue. Several expressed interest after the campaign was announced last month.

 

Also a former Buffalo Bills football player, Witkowski says the Cure the Blue campaign’s goal is to get as many community banks involved as possible along with NFL player alumni associations in other cities. “Prostate cancer is so prevalent,” he says.

“Everyone knows someone who is impacted by it. If we can get this cranked up in the community bank world, it will really grow like a wildfire. “Whether it’s just selling the ribbons or sponsoring a 5K run, we want community banks involved in this network. Helping people is what community banks do.”

 

Lakeshore Savings in Dunkirk, N.Y., which serves a suburb of Buffalo, is the first community bank to join the effort. To promote the campaign, the $480 million-asset community bank is selling blue-ribbon lapel pins for donations of $5 at its 11 branches. Along with the pin, donors also receive a brochure with facts about prostate cancer, says Dan Reininga, the bank’s president and CEO. “When people get asked about the pin, we want them to have some facts to talk about it,” Reininga explains.

“This is an opportunity to promote the fight against prostate cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men,” he adds. “If we can partner the marketing skills we the banks have, along with NFL franchises across the country, we will have a grassroots effort to create awareness for this great program regarding the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.”

Michael Blankenheim is a freelance writer in Maryland.

 

On Cure the Blue To find out more information about the Cure the Blue program, visit http://www.curetheblue.com.

John Witkowski, president of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State, encourages community bankers to contact him with questions and for information about the program. Reach him by phone at (716) 880-0518 or by email at johnw@ibanys.net.

 

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August 8 , 2015

Buffalo Bills Alumni – Cure the Blue Prostate Cancer Awareness Flag Reaches the Summit of Mt. Whitney / Lake Shore Savings Bank President Dan Reininga Makes the Climb

To say that the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation has friends in “High Places” would definitely be an understatement. Longtime Buffalo Bills Alumni sponsor and friend, Dan Reininga, President & CEO of Lake Shore Savings Bank in Dunkirk, NY, has been one of the staunch supporters of the Alumni Foundation’s Cure the Blue Prostate Awareness Campaign.

 

However, what he did this past August to show his support for the campaign was something a little bit more than what your average bank CEO would do. Reininga carried the Buffalo Bills Alumni - Cure the Blue flag to the summit of Mt. Whitney as he along with his team scaled the majestic crown jewel of California’s Sierra Nevada.

 

Rising to 14,505 feet, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Climbing Mt. Whitney is indeed a challenge. “I really appreciate what the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation has done for the Western New York community over the years” said Reininga. “However, their Cure the Blue Campaign, to bring awareness about prostate cancer, is something very special and I wanted to do something special for them by carrying their flag to the top of Mt. Whitney” explained Reininga.

Photo - Dan Reininga (right) and colleague display the Alumni – Cure the Blue flag on Mt. Whitney

September 15, 16, 17 , 2015

Buffalo Bills Alumni Weekend of Events

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation hosted its annual

Weekend of Events Sept. 15-17 with events at the

Seneca Niagara Events Center, Ralph Wilson Stadium

and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club.

 

This year, the Foundation recognized some of the

greatest players ever to play against the Bills with

a theme of “Bills Greatest Rivals.”

 

Seven Bills legends from the different eras of Bills

football were paired with an NFL legend that they

had to face on the gridiron many times.

Buffalo Bills Coach Marv Levy speaks of the prostate cancerBuffalo Bills Alumni Weekend September 12-14 2015 awareness project "Cure The Blue". DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

 

August 8 , 2015

Let's Talk About Cancer

a community seminar on Prostate, Breast and Colorectal Cancers in Western New York. Join area cancer experts o hear first hand about risks, prevention and treatment of some of the region's most prevalent cancers. Physicians and advocates will share their stories of cancer treatment, resources and survival.

 

Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, New York

 

 

July 30 , 2015

Former NFL Star Tackles Prostate Cancer Awareness

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June 15, 2015

Levy speaks up in support of ‘Cure the Blue’ campaign.

 

Booker Edgerson, a star defensive back on the Buffalo Bills’ 1964

and 1965 AFL Championship teams, looks at all the positives the

pink initiative has done for breast cancer awareness, and there

lies his vision for a program he’s introduced.

 

Through the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, which consists of former

players dedicated to contributing to society and charitable causes,

Edgerson is in the midst of pushing his “Cure the Blue” program further.

A two-time survivor of prostate cancer, Edgerson’s goal for the project

is to raise awareness and money for research of the disease.

 

Edgerson spoke at a news conference Friday (June 12) at the annual

Van Miller Hometown Hero Scholarship Fund Golf Classic at

Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk to promote the effort.

 

“We want to make sure that the ‘Cure the Blue’ campaign is something equal to the pink program,” Edgerson said. “We all know that is one successful program for women. We just want to copy from that program and be part of a system and get things done.”

 

Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, a prostate cancer survivor, Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation president Ed Rutkowski, who was also on Buffalo’s two championship squads, and Lake Shore Savings Bank president and CEO Dan Reininga also spoke at the news conference in support of “Cure for Blue.” Lake Shore Savings Bank, a member of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State, sponsors the campaign — “Cure the Blue” ribbon pins can be purchased for a $5 donation at all the bank’s branches.

 

“This is a program that I have been looking at for the last five years and trying to gain support from different individuals, businesses and organizations,” Edgerson said to open his comments. “Finally, the inspiration really came last year, so I decided to go ahead and put this project to work with the support from the community.”

 

Edgerson stressed the importance of prostate cancer detection by way of regular examinations.

 

“We want to make it a focus and awareness for men to get out and get checked at least once a year at the age of 40,” Edgerson said. “Especially minority males. They need to get checked because they are subject to prostate cancer a lot easier than the general population because of the economic side of it, and also because of eating habits that they have.”

 

While Rutkowski referred to Edgerson as the poster child of “Cure the Blue,” Edgerson was quick to point out that having someone like Levy, the Bills’ coach during their 1990’s glory years, as one of the faces of the campaign is extremely beneficial.

 

“A successful coach who went to the Super Bowl four years in a row — who better to have as an advocate for prostate cancer than coach Marv Levy?” Edgerson said.

 

Levy was diagnosed during the 1995 season. He then missed some time to undergo surgery and recover.

 

“There have been great advances made in how you detect and how you prevent and how you cure prostate cancer since that time,” Levy said. “We’re talking 20 years ago. There’s still a long way to go, though, and we’re on the trail.”

 

Levy saw Edgerson’s push as an opportunity to help out.

 

“I am a prostate cancer survivor, and I learned at that time that there had been other former Buffalo Bills who were also that way,” Levy said. “I received great moral support from a lot of those people. I’ve admired the work that’s being done by Ed and Booker. Whenever they ask me to speak up, I’m certainly pleased to do that.

 

“To raise funds for that, it’s a very worthy cause. That’s why I’m happy to be part of it.”

 

Along the lines of Edgerson wanting to make the project prosper like the pink program has, Reininga mentioned that the instrumental figures of “Cure the Blue” are striving to make it a more widely recognized and supported campaign.

 

“It’s a great opportunity to support an organization like the Bills Alumni Foundation,” Reininga said. “The exciting thing about this is that it’s going to be a national campaign at some point. It’s very exciting and we’re very proud. It’s what Lake Shore is all about — putting people first.”

 

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June 11, 2015

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy to Hold News Conference for the “Cure the Blue” Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research Campaign with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation and the Independent Bankers Association of New York State

 

Dunkirk, NY…June 11, 2015… Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation President Ed Rutkowski and Independent

Bankers Association President and CEO John Witkowski, announced today that legendary Buffalo Bills

Head Coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marv Levy will hold a News Conference on Friday, June 12 at

12:30pm at the Van Miller Hometown Hero Scholarship Fund Annual Golf Classic at the Shorewood

Country Club, 4958 West Lake Road, Dunkirk, NY.

 

Coach Levy, a prostate cancer survivor, will address his battle with prostate cancer and his support of

the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation in their “Cure the Blue” program in a state wide effort to bring

awareness and support of Prostate Cancer research.

 

“Cure the Blue” is the name of the program sponsored by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation that will

allow all of New Yorkers to participate in what will be one of the greatest and most comprehensive

efforts ever to help promote prostate cancer awareness and research in the state.

The Independent Bankers Association of NYS has partnered with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation in

their year - long campaign.

 

Also, addressing the News Conference will be Buffalo Bills Alumni Ed Rutkowski and Booker Edgerson, a

two time prostate cancer survivor.

 

Representing the Independent Bankers Association of NYS (IBANYS) will be Lake Shore Savings Bank

President and CEO, Dan Reininga. Lake Shore Savings, as a member of IBANYS, is the sponsoring bank of

the “Cure the Blue” campaign.

 

Prostate Cancer is the most common malignancy in American men and the second most leading cause of deaths from cancer, after lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates, approximately 238,590 new cases of Prostate Cancer were diagnosed in 2013 and approximately 29,720 died from the disease.

 

“Our organization understands the importance of this effort by the Bills Alumni Foundation and we are

proud to partner with them and the Independent Banker Association of New York State” stated Lake

Shore Savings Bank President, Dan Reininga.

 

Community banks are involved in their communities through economic development, civic organizations

and philanthropic activities.

 

The “24” Prostate Cancer Project is a program that has been strategically developed and designed to

raise financial support for this dreaded disease. Anyone can participate in the “24” Prostate Cancer

Project. Cure the Blue ribbon pins will also be sold for a $5 donation at all Lake Shore Savings branches.

“We want everyone to know that the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation is going to make every effort to

engage any business, organization or individual who wants to help out, as together we bring awareness

and financial support for Prostate Cancer” said Edgerson.

 

To donate please go to our website; www.curetheblue.com

 

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation is a 501 ( c ) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

 

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation was founded in 1999 and is comprised of past Bills players that have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue molding society in a positive manner. Not only have they changed the game, but they have touched and shaped Buffalo as we know it today.

 

May 15, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. --The Amherst Chamber of Commerce chose the Buffalo Bills Alumni "Cure-The-Blue" Prostate Cancer Awareness, Prevention & Research initiative as the recipient of the 2015 Presidents Award at their Annual Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon & Showcase.

 

The Presidents Award recognizes new businesses that goes beyond the boundaries of community leadership.

 

The Award Luncheon took place on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at Samuel's Grande Manor.

 

April 3, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. --The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation and Casa di Pizza teamed up Friday to spread awareness about prostate cancer.

 

The "Cure the Blue" program helps promote information about prostate cancer prevention, treatment and research happening in western new york and beyond.

 

Two time prostate cancer survivor and Buffalo Bills alumni, Booker Edgerson, encourages all men to get tested.

 

"It's a no brainer, is to go get checked out. You know, it's your life. If you live life and you live it, you love your family and you love your friends go get checked out. That's the best thing I can say" said Booker Edgerson  a former Buffalo Bill.

 

The Bills Alumni Foundation continue to raise money in preparation for Prostate Cancer Awareness month in September.

 

http://www.ny1noticias.com/nys/jamestown/news/2015/04/3/buffalo-bills-alumni-raise-awareness-for-prostate-cancer-.html

 

February 19, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Independent Bankers Association of NYS teams up with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation in support of the “Cure the Blue” Program to Bring Awareness to Prostate Cancer Testing and Research

 

Buffalo, NY…February 19, 2015… Buffalo Bills Alumni President Ed Rutkowski announced today that the Independent Bankers Association of New York State (IBANYS) have partnered with Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation in their “Cure the Blue” program in a state wide effort to bring awareness and support of Prostate Cancer research.

 

“Cure the Blue” is the name of the program sponsored by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation that will allow all of New Yorkers to participate in what will be one of the greatest and most comprehensive efforts ever to help promote prostate cancer awareness and research in the state.

 

“Having the Independent Bankers Association of NYS support our efforts is something that the Buffalo Bills Alumni is so very proud of” said Bills Alumni Booker Edgerson.

 

“For the past few years, I have been watching how the NFL has been promoting Breast Cancer - not only during the month of October but year-round.  I also noted how extremely successful the Susan G.Komen Race for the Cure event has gone. Our goal is to make the Cure the Blue campaign as successful as the “Pink” Breast Cancer for women program is”, stated Edgerson.

 

Prostate Cancer is the most common malignancy in American men and the second most leading cause of deaths from cancer, after lung cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates, approximately 238,590 new cases of Prostate Cancer were diagnosed in 2013 and approximately 29,720 died from the disease.

 

“Our support of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation’s “Cure the Blue” program is something that we are taking very seriously” stated IBANYS President and CEO John J. Witkowski. “An effort of this magnitude to address the issue of prostate cancer is long overdue and we commend the Bills Alumni for taking the lead in this” added Witkowski.

 

Community banks are involved in their communities through economic development, civic organizations and philanthropic activities.

 

The “24” Prostate Cancer Project is a program that has been strategically developed and designed to raise financial support for this dreaded disease. Anyone can participate in the “24” Prostate Cancer Project.

 

“We want everyone to know that the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation is going to make every effort to engage any business, organization or individual who wants to help out, as together we bring awareness and financial support for Prostate Cancer” said Edgerson.

 

Donation checks can be made out to:   “Cure the Blue – Bills Alumni Foundation”

                                                                        P.O. Box 118

                                                                        Getzville, NY 14068

For credit card donations call:  JRC Promotions at 716-694-7867.

 

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation is a 501 ( c ) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

 

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation was founded in 1999 and is comprised of past Bills players that have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue molding society in a positive manner.  Not only have they changed the game, but they have touched and shaped Buffalo as we know it today.

 

Left to right are Dan Reininga, president and CEO of  Lake Shore Savings Bank, with Booker Edgerson, Marv Levy and Bills Alumni President Ed Rutkowski. PHOTO / DAVE ECKHARDT

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