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Proceeds from Lancaster home to 'Raise the Roof' for Roswell

Vice President of Marrano Homes/Marc Equity Corp., James Marrano and Candace Johnson, PhD, deputy director and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 'Raised the Roof' for Roswell.

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | May 05, 2014

LANCASTER- “Until we find a cure for cancer we’re going to continue to do everything we can,” remarked Vice President of Marrano Homes/Marc Equity Corp., James Marrano.

Through a program called “Raising the Roof,” Marrano Homes in the past few years has raised $500,000 to benefit groundbreaking research and patient care for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Continuing to help find a cure for cancer, construction is currently underway at Marrano’s The Cove at Pleasant Meadows in Lancaster on a home that will be the fourth “Raising the Roof” project. Marrano has brought the program to Elma, West Seneca, and Williamsville.

Located at 18 Jonquille Court, the Lancaster home is one of Marrano’s new designs. It features a country cottage front elevation with full front porch and partial cultured stone front. The 2,300-square-foot home features four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, second floor laundry room, and a 14-foot by 10-foot sunroom off the kitchen.

“It is a great house for today’s family,” said Marrano.

Construction on the Lancaster home began a little more than a month ago and it will be completed in two to three months. The home is currently for sale. When the home is sold, Marrano said they will donate close to $150,000 to Roswell. A majority of the proceeds from the sale of the home are donated, but some costs are out of their control.

Marrano said they started “Raising the Roof” about six years ago and they decided to create this program for one simple reason- to give back. However, it is not just about Marrano, but Marrano’s business partners, vendors and subcontractors, who include material suppliers, framing crews, carpenters and painters, who participate by donating products, services and time.

“We’re happy to be a part of it and happy to contribute, but it’s truly a team effort,” added Marrano. “Through the generosity of our partners, we will be able to maximize our donation. Even some of our contractors that did not work on this particular home have donated money.”

Like many unfortunately, Marrano’s grandfather, who started the business, was diagnosed with cancer 25 years ago and went to Roswell.

“That’s when we discovered how wonderful they were,” remarked Marrano. “He went into remission and he survived another 20 years cancer-free. He passed away in 2006, but not of cancer. So, at that point we decided we were going to do anything we could as part of the community, and to give back to the community, and raise money for cancer research.”

The Marrano family has a long history of supporting Roswell Park. Patrick Marrano, president of Marrano/Marc Equity Corp., has served as a trustee for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation board and is a member of the foundation’s development committee. He and his wife, Arlinda, are past chairs of the real estate Industry Campaign, which raised more than $130,000 for cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park.

Last Friday, Marrano was joined by Candace Johnson, PhD, deputy director and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, for a sneak peek of the home.

“’Raising the Roof’ is just another example of the wonderful things Marrano does,” remarked Dr. Johnson. “We really appreciate it. The funds from the sale of this house will go to our new Clinical Sciences Center. It is an 11-story building. It will house a new breast center for our breast cancer patients and screening mammography to the community.”

“We will be able to accommodate the thousands of women that want to come and get their breasts screened,” she added.

The center will also offer a state-of-the-art Chemotherapy Infusion Center where cancer patients will have improved waiting times for treatment. They will be able to receive treatment in comfortable, improved surroundings with space for even more loved ones to accompany them.

“[Chemotherapy] is not a pleasant thing,” said Dr. Johnson. “You want to be with your family. Our Chemotherapy Infusion Center is packed to the gills, unfortunately so we’re building a new Chemotherapy Infusion Center… so patients can sit with their families, look out and see the city and the lake.”

Other services include having patient education offices where patients can turn for personalized educational support. Information specialists will assist patients and their families in taking control of their lives at a time when they are most vulnerable.

Life after cancer can also have significant challenges. The new Clinical Sciences Center will allow a strong survivorship program to be built.

“We are so grateful and appreciative to have the support of ‘Raising the Roof’ in our efforts to find cancer cures and save lives,” said President and CEO of Roswell, Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP. “Not only do we applaud Marrano Homes for their commitment to the cancer cause, but also for their creativity. This is a wonderful homebuilding project that will significantly impact our patients who benefit from Roswell Park’s cutting-edge research and patient care programs.”

Dr. Johnson added the Clinical Sciences Center has been a community effort from a lot of generous people in the area.

“This building will be built totally on philanthropic dollars so that really is a testament to how strong the community is,” she said.

The center will be completed in early 2015.

Donations to “Raising the Roof” can be made online at www.roswellpark.org/giving or by mailing them to: Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Attn: Raising the Roof, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14623 (checks made payable to: Roswell Park Alliance Foundation – Raising the Roof)

Lastly, Marrano said they will continue to “Raise the Roof,” but they have yet to determine when the next project will be or where it will be located.

Anyone interested in purchasing the home should visit Linda VanNortwick at the model center in the Cove at Pleasant Meadows located at 17 Jonquille Court, in Lancaster.

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