If you are looking at this page, you likely know by now that the Ride for Roswell is one of my favorite events of the year -- both because of the fundraising purpose it serves and the WNY community it involves.
Once again, I am thrilled to participate on “Team Awesome,” founded and captained by Liz Kraengel, who I can thank both for my introduction to the Ride and for being the driving force behind me passing Contracts as a 1L.
I am also grateful to Greenberg Traurig, LLP for another year of very generous support.
It has been 17 years since my first Ride, but the experience is different since my sister Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer last May. As an active, healthy, non-smoker, (just) under forty at the time, with no known family history of the disease, there was no reason to think that Sarah was at risk for breast cancer – and yet there it was.
Today, Sarah’s doctors cannot detect any active cancer cells, but that comes in the wake of 18 weeks of chemo, surgery, and radiation – followed by continued maintenance treatments and significant preventative interventions. The truth is that, even as Sarah’s life regains some sense of normalcy, it can never return to the days before diagnosis.
While that new reality is a mental and physical slog, I also know that Sarah, her family, and friends are deeply grateful for the aforementioned treatments and all the poking, prodding, and potential medications to come. And we are all acutely aware that these interventions come from the efforts of places like Roswell Park.
When I did my first Ride 17 years ago, Sarah’s chances of survival would have been significantly less. But continued research and drug and treatment development at places like Roswell Park has greatly increased Sarah’s and other odds of living a full, if forever altered life.
My health also stands to benefit from Roswell’s advances as, in the wake of Sarah’s diagnosis, I have the opportunity to better understand my genetic make-up and make lifestyle and other adjustments based on what cancer risks it may carry. Roswell’s research is not only treatment based, but focused on prevention and early detection. Their work helps me know how to make a game plan.
For all of those reasons, and so that Sarah can continue to critique my style, tell me when I’m wrong, participate in “itineraries of fun,” that no one else would agree to, and be “Chooch,” “who wears the Bills hat” to Millie, if you are so inclined, I appreciate your donation to the 2023 Ride For Roswell.