Introducing... Let's Get Lizzycle! Here's a bit about who we are, and #WHYWERIDE, according to "Miz Lizzycle" (aka Liz Marshall Metcalfe).
How long has your team been a part of the Ride?
-Our team, Let's Get Lizzycle, is made up of several of my past and current UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences colleagues, and our friends and/or family. I first volunteered for the Ride with a group of UB summer students in 2015; it rained ALL day, and I was absolutely miserable. I was happy to be "supporting the cause" but the monsoon was so awful that as we were taking tents apart, I was cursing my charitable spirit that led me to sign up to begin with. As fate would have it, I was diagnosed with breast cancer just 6 months later in December 2015, and my colleague, Debbie Timineri, surprised me by starting a team in my honor for the 2016 Ride. I was honored, of course, and the enormity of it wasn't lost on me. I couldn't believe there was a team "for me" for a cancer charity. It's become my mission to do the very best I can every year to give back to Roswell.
Why does your team participate?
-We each have our own personal reasons... some of us have had cancer ourselves or have had experiences at Roswell with loved ones, or have lost parents, siblings, friends... and many of my teammates have had consultations with Roswell doctors for particular concerns, and they know what an amazing place it is. Many of us work either directly with or in support of biomedical research, and so we know first hand how important funding is. No cure for cancer can be found without a ton of money, and we are dedicated to helping Roswell fund projects to do just that.
What does having a Ride team mean to you?
Over the years, and for all the reasons above, I have grown to love the Ride more and more. My colleagues, friends and family and I have grown even closer as we work together to host our annual big fundraising event, come up with new ideas to engage with our communities and raise money, and attend RFR events throughout the year. We have a great time together, as we are all a little bit crazy! :) We have become a "framily" and I am very proud of the work we do. We strive to be in the top 100 teams every year, to do our very best for Roswell Park.
Thank you to everyone for your generosity, past and present!