Why would someone choose to ride a bike 550 miles across New York State? This is so much more than just a bike ride. This year is my fourth year participating in the Empire State Ride.
I am a thirty-three year survivor of oral cancer. The five surgeries and seven and a half weeks of radiation therapy that I have had over the years have given me a very personal view of this disease. I am a very fortunate individual to have received treatment at Roswell, and to be a cancer survivor.
Last year, with your generous support, I was able to raise more than $19,500 in the fight against cancer. I am very proud to say that thanks to all of you, I have now raised more than $200,000 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
I am riding in memory of Kathleen Wieczkowski. Kathleen passed away at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in February of 2018, after a brave six-month battle with MDS/AML. She was one of the most selfless people I have had the privilege to know. She was a fifty-year member of the Marillac Guild, a volunteer group that runs the gift shop at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Also, Kathleen organized the purchase and distribution of all the Christmas gifts for each patient at Sisters of Charity Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital. She made this world a better place.
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.
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