This year I am dedicating my ride to my best friend and lovely wife, Mary. Mary was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of the wonderful care given to Mary at Roswell Park, the cancer was discovered early (through a yearly MRI scan). Mary has had surgery and is currently receiving adjuvant chemotherapy (she has completed two of four) with radiation to follow. Doctors are confident that the cancer has been removed during the biopsy and the chemo and radiation are precautionary. This year's ride is special. Mary and I are experiencing first hand the amazing work done at Roswell Park. The health professionals there are second to none. Their kindness, patience, and professionalism is comforting and encouraging to us and for that we thank them.
I would also like to thank the friends and family that help support cancer research and cancer patients. Through the gifts of time, talents and money, these wonderful people (including you!) help make the struggle a little more bearable. I know I speak for everyone battling cancer, when I say that you are appreciated, and your kindness, thoughfulness, and generosity do not go unnoticed.
To my family, that answers my emails each year, and support my ride, thank you. To my friends and neighbors that supported my "Ride for Roswell" and/or the food cart fund raiser, I appreciate the support. Together we can and do make a difference.
This year, 2023, I am celebrating my twelfth year of being cancer free (prostate cancer). I am one of the lucky ones. We have a lot of work to do, to find cures for all cancers, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I would like to thank Maryann Salvadore, our team captain. Maryann is a cancer survivor herself, who works selflessly and tirelessly to rally the troops each year. She is first to donate her time and talents, and first to lend a caring ear or kind word. Thank you again, Maryann, for all you do.
Cancer doesn’t care. It doesn’t care about age. It doesn’t care about your family or friends. It doesn’t care about what it takes from us — or who it leaves behind.
Please help me raise critically needed funds to support the more than 50,000 patients who turn to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for hope each year. Your donation provides funding that researchers need in order to investigate new treatment options that could save lives in our community and around the world. For every dollar donated, Roswell Park can leverage an additional $13 in new grant funding. Please consider making a donation today to help find cures. Together, we can make a difference.