This is the 28th year for the Ride for Roswell and the 19th consecutive year I will be participating. Riding as part of the Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer team reminds me of the ideals of community service I learned many years ago at Notre Dame. During my adult years I have lost many family and friends, some much too young, to cancer. These deaths included my brother Vic, Don Sperrazza, Kathy Wieczkowski, John Cardarelli, Gary Nowak, Jim Callahan and most recently Barbara Faust. The bad news hit very close to home three years ago. My sister-in-law Judy Bromberek was diagnosed with acute myloid leukemia and my son Mark was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Judy is currently being treated at Roswell as an out patient. Mark had surgery, followed by nine weeks of chemotherapy. He has been diagnosed cancer free but of course Linda and I are still very worried. This year I am riding in honor of those who have lost their battle with cancer as well as all of my family, relatives and friends who continue their fight. With your support of my Ride perhaps a cure for this dreaded disease will happen sooner rather than later. Thank you for your support. Please be as generous as you can. Last year I was fortunate to raise $21,145 and this year my goal is to come as close as possible to that same amount. Because of your support I was the 9th highest individual fundraiser last year out of more that 7,000 riders. Our Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer team was the 7th highest team bringing in $67,438. Over the 18 years we have done The Ride the team has raised more than $355,000. Every donation large or small is gratefully appreciated and will be acknowledged by me and the Roswell Alliance. Thank you sincerely.