7,000 Cyclists Make the 15th Anniversary Ride For Roswell Most Successful in Event’s History

Saturday, June 26, 2010

WNY’s largest one-day cycling event brings riders and volunteers to UB’S North Campus in support of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

BUFFALO, NY - More than 9,000 cyclists, volunteers and spectators today celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of The Ride For Roswell and raised more than $2.6 million for cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Riders gathered support through pledges from friends and loved ones and chose from nine cycling routes departing from the University at Buffalo’s Baird Point. Routes ranged from the 3-mile Family Fun Ride to the 100-mile Century Ride, plus a 12-mile Peloton ride for top fundraisers that traveled from Roswell Park’s campus to the main event at UB.

Many riders dedicated their efforts to a loved one affected by cancer, some bearing the names of those they rode in honor of on their team shirts or jerseys. After completing their rides, cyclists and spectators took part in a post-Ride celebration on UB’s campus. The celebration featured live music, a child-friendly “Family Fun Zone,” contests, games and remarks by Dr. Donald Trump, Roswell Park President and CEO.

“In this 15th anniversary year for The Ride, our participants and supporters again demonstrated their remarkable generosity and dedication to the fight against cancer,” said Dr. Trump. “The efforts of our riders and volunteers serve as a fitting tribute to patients, survivors and those we have lost to cancer, and will have a real impact on our efforts to defeat this terrible disease.”

The Ride For Roswell has raised more than $12 million for Roswell Park since its inception in 1996. Learn more about The Ride For Roswell at www.RideForRoswell.org or by calling 716-THE-RIDE.

Visit www.rideconnect.org for video and photos of the event.

The Ride For Roswell 2010 is made possible by:

MAJOR PARTNERS: WEGMANS • PRAXAIR • SAHLENS • FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GROUP • WGRZ CHANNEL 2 • THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO • THE TALKING PHONE BOOK

SUPPORTING PARTNERS: United Graphics • New Era Cap • Subway • New Buffalo Shirt Factory • Berrafato’s Catering • FedEx • Eberle Sciandra • Flynn & Friends, Inc. • Dunkin Donuts • Superior Group • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority • Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo • Aesthetic Associates • Dave & Busters • Rich Products • 97 Rock • 103.3 The Edge • Mix 104.1 • DuPont • BlueCross BlueShield of WNY • Bert’s Bikes & Fitness • Buffalo Athletic Club • Independent Health • Modern Corporation • United Healthcare • Saia Communications, Inc. • J.W. Danforth • Ferguson Electric • Uncle Bob’s Self Storage • West Herr Automotive Group • Rally Jungle • Bison Baseball • Marketing Technologies Inc. • Progressive Direct Marketing • Niagara Climbing Center • Allied Waste • Indigo Productions • Meade Supply • Wilcro Signs • Hohl Industrial Services • Buffalo Bills • LaBatt • Austin Air Systems • Vitamin Water

The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, founded in 1991, is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to receive and administer funds supporting scientific and clinical research, state-of-the-art medical care, and patient-related activities at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail askrpci@roswellpark.org.

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Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org