This is the 29th year for the Ride for Roswell and the 20th 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 Barbara Faust. The bad news hit very close to home three years ago. My son Mark was diagnosed with testicular cancer. 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. Four years ago my sister-in-law Judy Bromberek began a fight against acute myeloid leukemia as an outpatient at Roswell. Unfortunately Judy just lost her battle and passed away on February 10th of this year. Linda received more bad news when her very close friend Mary Callahan was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and is currently an outpatient at Roswell. This year I am riding in memory of Judy and in honor of Mark and Mary. With your donation to 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 $15,351 and this year my goal is to come as close as possible to that same amount. Because of your support I was the 17th highest individual fundraiser last year out of more that 7,000 riders. Our Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer team was the 9th highest team bringing in $62,435. Over the 19 years we have done The Ride the team has raised more than $417,000. Every donation large or small is gratefully appreciated and will be acknowledged by me and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Alliance. Thank you sincerely.