Cancer touches all of our lives in one way or another. Our family experienced the care given at Roswell Park, starting with "Spend One Day with Us" in April 2016. Thanks to the amazing staff in the Urology Department, our cousin Eddie, received chemo and radiation for his very aggressive bladder cancer, and was able to enjoy life and ride his motorcycle until Spring 2017. He then became part of a clinical trial which will hopefully benefit others in the future who will battle this disease. Unfortunately, Eddie passed away in August 2017.
Our son, Andrew, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2022. He had surgery and decided to go to Roswell for a second opinion before starting chemo. After consulting with Dr. Levine at the Testicular Clinic at Roswell, he decided to do active surveillance and monitoring labs and CT scans. He transferred his care to University of Rochester which is closer for him, and he continues to do well.
I have ridden with Team 400 for the past 13 years. It is always a very emotional experience as I remember countless family, friends, co-workers and church family members who have been affected by various cancers. Some have survived and some have lost their lives fighting their battles.
I especially remember my great nephew, Mark Mertz, who lost his battle against neuroblastoma, at the young age of 6.
Many thanks to all my friends, family and those unknown (thanks to my superficial dumpster diving), who have donated bottles and cans for recycling, to help me fundraise. All those nickels add up!! And as always, thanks to family and friends for donating and supporting this wonderful cause and institution every year!
Please consider any donation to the Ride for Roswell. We never know when we will need to "Spend that One Day with Us"! Thank you!!
With much love and thanks! Cheryl