As many of you know, I participated in the Empire State Ride two years in a row now and rode 500+ miles across New York State from Manhattan to Niagara Falls to benefit Cancer Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a cause most near and dear to my heart. It was one week after I finished treatment in 2016 for breast cancer that my best friend, Amy Lesakowski, also a breast cancer survivor, sent me an email to participate in this ride. I immediately responded "yes", not knowledgeable about what it was going to take to learn about the sport of cycling, train and endure such a ride. After all of the challenges I faced that year and in acknowledging that this cause meant a great deal to me, I can honestly say that this ride became and will forever remain one of the highlights and most memorable and amazing experiences of my life, aside from having my children of course.
It also became apparent that the cycling of 500+ miles became secondary to everything else I had achieved and got out of that week. As you will notice from the video that I posted above, the bonds of friendship which became family, the strength it provided to my mind and body, the gorgeous scenery our precious New York State has to offer and most importantly the ability to focus on happiness and living every day to it's fullest became overwhelmingly more apparent.
Overall is was an amazing group of 51 extraordinary individuals th efirst year and 101 extraordinary individuals the second year, that came together for their own reasons, but with the same purpose, to raise awareness and support for Cancer Research for Roswell Park. And that we did !!!! Last year, together, we raised over $500,000 for Cancer Research in the fight to end cancer.
Our goal in Empire State 2018 is to go ABOVE and BEYOND, especially with all of the new advancements in the area of research that Roswell has announced. One that comes to my mind foremost is the first clinical trial in the history of the United States to study the cuban vaccine, CIMAvax-EGF, an innovative immunotherapy that has been shown to significantly improve lung cancer survival rates. Another trial is Dr. Robert Fenstermaker's SurVaxM study, which has made strides in the area of glioblastoma.
We can do this with the addition of even more riders and your generous donations.
Everyone knows someone whose life has been effected by cancer, and this is my opportunity to change the state of cancer research for good. Together, we can fuel groundbreaking discoveries, find cancer cures and save lives.
Please consider making a donation today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than any one of us could accomplish alone.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
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