When Pittsford resident Stacey Bolger decided to reopen his childhood fruit stand to benefit the Wilmot Cancer Center, he was hoping to raise at least $1,200 from the sale of pumpkins, squash and other fall gourds.
Much to his surprise, the community (plus several business supporters) rallied around his cause and Bolger raised a whopping $12,000 in less than three months time.
On Friday, November 22, Bolger visited the Wilmot Cancer Center to present the check for $12,000 to Jonathan Friedberg, director of the Wilmot Cancer Center.
“It's really amazing to see what kind of impact a group of people can have when united by a common cause,” said Bolger. “Hopefully, our donation will provide one step towards bringing about a cure for this terrible disease that ails so many families and friends around the world."
While no specific plans have been made for the funds as of yet, Bolger says the money will be used to further cancer research opportunities.
“I requested that the funds go to cancer research in an area of the most need,” he said. “This donation represents the community, not just me, and should be put to use with consideration of the community foremost.”
Bolger’s father, Bruce, is currently undergoing treatment at the Wilmot Cancer Center for his second lymphoma diagnosis. Bruce Bolger is the owner of AutoWorks in Mendon.
“We are so appreciative of these donations, which will allow us to do great things in advancing research in our local Rochester community,” said Jonathan Friedberg, director of the Wilmot Cancer Center.
In recognition of the community’s effort for this cause, the Wilmot Cancer Center plans to name an Infusion Room in honor of the stand against cancer.
For more background on the story behind Stacey’s Stand, visit standagainstcancer.wordpress.com