The Ride for Roswell is so important to Western New York community and myself! We all care about making a difference in the future of cancer research and bringing an end to this devastating disease. That is why I am volunteering in the 2024 Ride for Roswell on June 22.
On April 4, 2004 Dad passed away from colon cancer after a long battle and two surgeries. While dad's doctors were the best and he got amazing care this disease took a toll on him. He was incredibly strong and I have been fundraising for Roswell in his honor since 2010. I wish that no one ever has to go through what he endured. I fundraise to help improve treatments, research less caustic chemo, find new medications to reduce side effects of treatment and improve the patience experience.
2024 is 20 years since Dad passed. He is with me every day. Working the ride for last 14 years, I have meet so many survivors that need a listener to share their battle with, celebrate a victory, and/or acknowledge their journey. I have been honored to listen, support and celebrate. The Ride for Roswell is a community where we all heal together and fight for the patients who are still in treatment.
While I wish Dad was here more than anything; he always said "don't cry for me". Those of you who know me know - I am a terribly emotional crier. So to celebrate 20 years in 2024 please join me in turning tears into action by donating critical funds, volunteering as part of this support community, or riding out on a route cheering on the survivors. Let's celebrate his memory in way that he would be proud.
For every dollar donated to cancer research, Roswell Park is now able to leverage an additional $23 from external grants towards that research.
Together – we can end cancer!