BENEFITING: ROSWELL PARK ALLIANCE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 28, 2016
Rick Vivacqua was diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma in October 2003. The disease is a rare form of cancer which affects the soft tissues that connect and support other body structures such as muscle or fat. Roswell Park Cancer Institute was a blessing to Rick and his family. The doctors and nurses were always there to provide the best healthcare and support that he needed through his cancer battle. Through the years, he had four surgeries to remove tumors from his peritoneal area. Rick participated in numerous clinical trials at Roswell Park. Roswell Park then supported him as he went on to other hospitals around the country to try different clinical trials and was always grateful for their help. Rick faced these challenges with courage and tenacity.
Known for his loyalty, Rick wanted to give back to the hospital. He would volunteer at the Ride for Roswell, Roswell Park’s Tops 5K/10K Race and other events organized by the hospital.
After 12 years, Rick lost his battle to cancer in December 2015. Rick’s family wanted to keep his memory alive by creating the Richard J. Vivacqua Endowment for Sarcoma Research. We hope to help other families who are fighting against sarcoma by providing research support.