As many of you know, I participated in the Empire State Ride six (6) years in a row now and rode 500+ miles across New York State from Manhattan to Niagara Falls to benefit Cancer Research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, a cause most near and dear to my heart. It was one week after I finished treatment in 2016 for breast cancer that my best friend, Amy Lesakowski, also a breast cancer survivor, sent me an email to participate in this ride. I immediately responded "yes", not knowledgeable about what it was going to take to learn about the sport of cycling, train and endure such a ride. After all of the challenges I faced that year and in acknowledging that this cause meant a great deal to me, I can honestly say that this ride became and will forever remain one of the highlights and most memorable and amazing experiences of my life, aside from having my children of course.
It also became apparent that the cycling of 500+ miles became secondary to everything else I had achieved and got out of that week. As you will notice from the many many pictures I have posted over the last six years, the bonds of friendship which became family, the strength it provided to my mind and body, the gorgeous scenery our precious New York State has to offer and most importantly the ability to focus on happiness and living every day to it's fullest became overwhelmingly more apparent. Every year the astounding scenery and iconic moments get better and better and THIS 7th YEAR will be a ride to remember, no doubt.
Overall it is an amazing group of a growing number of extraordinary individuals who ALL come together for their own reasons, but with the same purpose, to raise awareness and support for Cancer Research for Roswell Park. And that we do every year !!!! Last year, together, we raised over $1.5 Million for Cancer Research in the fight to end cancer, and even with COVID standing in our way, we found a way to make it happen. Our routes took a change but we proved that we could not be beat. TOGETHER we circumferenced the earth three times with all of the miles we combined with how many riders signed up and together we raised awareness and funds for cancer research at Roswell Park.
Our goal in Empire State 2022 is to go ABOVE and BEYOND, especially with all of the new advancements in the area of research that Roswell has announced. One that comes to my mind foremost is Dr. Robert Fenstermaker's SurVaxM study, which has made strides in the area of newly diagnosed Glioblastoma and will be made readily available for eligible patients across the United States, Canada and China.
We can do this with the addition of even more riders and your generous donations.
Everyone knows someone whose life has been effected by cancer, and this is my opportunity to change the state of cancer research for good. Together, we can fuel groundbreaking discoveries, find cancer cures and save lives.
This year I ride for those who are currently fighting the battle and for those who have fought and lost. In honor of some dear friends: Mrs. Megan Goldman, Mrs. Meg Robertson, Ms. Maria Thor, and Mrs. Rosemary DiLeo and in Memorial to those we have lost: Mrs. Margaret Rose Weber, Mr. Giacomo Casucci, Mrs. Rosaria Philippone, Mr. Paul Murphy, Mr. Michael Bycina, and Mr. Robert Rich Sr. Please consider making a donation today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than any one of us could accomplish alone.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
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