This is the 26th year for the Ride for Roswell and the 17th consecutive year I will be participating. Riding as part of the Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer team reminds me of the ideals of community service I learned many years ago at Notre Dame. During my adult years I have lost many family and friends, many much too young, to cancer. These deaths included my brother Vic, Kathy Wieczkowski, Karen Romanowicz, Don Sperrazza, John Cardarelli, Ida Rich, Juli and Gary Nowak and Jim Callahan. The bad news hit very close to home in the last year. My sister-in-law Judy Bromberek was diagnosed with acute myloid leukemia and my son Mark was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Judy is currently being treated at Roswell as an out patient. Mark had surgery followed by nine weeks of chemotherapy. He has been diagnosed cancer free but of course his parents are worried sick! This year I am also riding in honor of these cancer battlers: Kathleen Betsko Yale, Barbara Faust, Marie-Elana Leone, Fortunato Pezzimenti, Ken Rogers and Marie Zafron. With your support of my Ride perhaps a cure for this dreaded disease will happen sooner rather than later. Thank you for your support. Please be as generous as you can. Last year I was fortunate to raise more than $13,000 and this year my goal is to come as close as possible to that same amount. Every donation large or small is gratefully appreciated and will be acknowledged by me and the Roswell Alliance. Thank you sincerely.