What does the The Steadfast Foundation and Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have in common? That would be Buffalo Sabres goalie, Ryan Miller.
The Steadfast Foundation was started in 2006 by Miller, and his father Dean, as a means of coping with their own personal experience with Lukemia. Miller’s cousin Matt Shoals lost his battle with cancer in 2007 and Miller has done events since then to help patients with cancer in Buffalo, NY through Carly’s Club.
Carly’s Club is a division within a premier cancer hospital in Buffalo, Roswell Park, and they offer support programs to children and their families, including counseling, in patient kitchens, family support events, and more.
In 2007, Miller started the Catwalk for Charity and he would enlist the help of his teammates and the community and whatever funds were raised went straight to Carly’s Club. Ever year there has been a different theme for the Catwalk, including a Roaring 20s night and a Rock and Roll Night.
This year’s theme……..Cirque du Sabres. Each member of the Buffalo Sabres team would dress in costumes and walk down the Catwalk. Such costumes included a lion tamer and lion, bearded ladies, jesters, strongest man, and Siamese twins. There are also auction items to bid on which include anything from Sabres gear, winning a vacation, winning a puppy, and winning food and drink prizes. The event, which took place last night, would raise plenty of money through entrance fees and auction items and Carly’s Club was presented with a $50,000 check.
It doesn’t matter what goes on during the season on the ice for this team because they manage to come together year after year for a great cause. They are helping children cope with cancer and having fun with their fans in the process. Hopefully this trend will continue on, even if Buffalo loses Ryan Miller.
Photos from the event: (courtesy of the Catwalk for Charity Facebook Page)