Fundraising

It was 2005, and 47-year-old Rick Crowley had a lump growing in his neck. The first biopsy indicated that it was benign, but his doctors in Olean, New York, were not convinced. A good thing, too: The second biopsy found cancer.

After going through treatment the second time, I began a successful recovery and wanted to find a way to give back and help fight the terrible disease that has affected my life and the lives of so many others.

It made me cry when Brendan told me why he wanted to go Bald. He knows how important it is. He’s only eight and knows how important it is to find cancer cures.

It began in 2011 when Ron Funke’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. Years later, Shooting for a Cure has grown into an annual event and a huge success for Pembroke High School and its community.

One evening Andrew noticed a new volunteer who was bald and had an accent. Little did he know she was his future wife.

The advice I would give to other people going through cancer at my age is to never give up. Find something that can symbolize your journey and push you to keep fighting.

There are so many ways in which people choose to give to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, from donating to a participant of The Ride for Roswell to creating an annual event of their own. As varied as the ways of giving may be, the stories that fuel that desire to help are even more diverse.
Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a rider who is new to the joys of the road, not only is it possible to complete the multi-day Empire State Ride next year, it is possible to have fun doing it! You’ll have to put some miles in your legs, and the training will require some long days in the saddle, but if you look at that week in August as an adventure and as the culmination of all your hard work, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how manageable preparation is.