Ride for Roswell Raises Record $5.2 Million for Research & Patient Care Programs

Pictured: Kicking off the 2018 Ride For Roswell during the annual Celebration of Hope, Chris Eberle lights the torch she designed. One week later, she rang the Victory Bell in the lobby at Roswell Park.

A rainy forecast couldn't dampen the spirit of riders, volunteers and supporters during the 2018 Ride For Roswell on June 23. Following routes ranging from three to 102 miles — including two that ventured into Canada and back again! — 7,740 cyclists raised a record $5.2 million for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The money goes directly to cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park. Among many other projects, over the years the funds have kickstarted the development of SurVaxM, a brain cancer vaccine developed at Roswell Park that's now being evauated in clinical trials; paid for patients to receive genetic testing with OmniSeq Comprehensive (also developed at Roswell Park) to identify the most effective treatments for their cancer; and purchased wigs and head coverings to be given to patients in treatment, free of charge.

To all those who rode, donated, volunteered, or cheered on the riders, thank you!