Dear Friends and Family:
This past year, a once-in-a-century world-wide pandemic has changed all our lives, limiting how we can be with loved ones and colleagues. As we stayed home to keep safe, cancer patients could not. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was in full swing throughout the year, and in order to continue to treat patients, they repurposed their clinical genetics lab so as to perform COVID-19 PCR tests in under 2 hours. Roswell Park was also in the forefront of immunizing its staff and faculty, its inpatient and outpatient populations. This year's in-person Ride For Roswell is back on track, but a little delayed from June to August 7. The funds raised by this Ride has helped fund new research projects as well as programs for patients and their families. All of us who are committed to Roswell Park's mission would love to break our pre-COVID record by raising more than 2019's record-breaking $5.2 million.
As always, I ride in memory of my beloved father, Cantor Charles Gelman, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer 17 years ago. Even though my field has made tremendous strides in diagnosing and treatment many cancers, our community was reminded this year that more work needs to be done. I also ride for pillars of our community, Valerie Rosenhoch and Dr. Kevin Kulick, who lost their battles with cancer. Their legacies remind me every day of the importance of our work at Roswell Park to understand, prevent and treat cancer, and to bring hope to and healing to future cancer sufferers.
In the past several years, at least a dozen friends, friends of friends, and family have learned that they, too, have cancer. In all these cases, I try to steer them seek help at local Comprehensive Cancer Centers, such as Roswell Park, whose researchers spend their lives studying and treating specific types of cancer. Many beloved friends in our community have benefitted from the fact that we, in Buffalo, have the first Comprehensive Cancer Center in the U.S. I can't tell you how happy it has made me that these friends have received top-level, cutting-edge treatment here, and are now back, cancer-free, to their lives, families and friends.
I know that our concerted effort will bring us one step closer to a cure.
I need your help to reach my goal of $5,000! It’s easy to make a donation to my fundraising efforts – just go to https://rideforroswell.org/, click on the DONATE button (top right), type in my name to safely and easily donate online.
With one in two men and one in three women in America being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, most of us know someone who has been affected by this devastating disease. You can make a difference by supporting me in The Ride For Roswell. Together, we can help find cancer cures and save lives.