BUFFALO, NY—The Ride For Roswell, the single largest fundraising event in Western New York and North America’s largest single-day cycling fundraiser, concluded its 21st year this weekend by raising a total of $4.5 million for cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Ride Weekend involved more than 10,000 riders, volunteers and countless other supporters. In 1996, the first Ride For Roswell had 1,000 riders who raised just over $100,000. Over the past 21 years, The Ride has raised $38 million for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and more than 100,000 riders and volunteers have participated in the event.
“The money raised by The Ride over the past 21 years has allowed Roswell Park to make lifesaving advances in many areas of cancer research at Roswell Park, including personalized medicine, cancer vaccines and immunotherapy. The funds that our participants raised this year will allow us to make even more progress, and will also help provide compassionate care programs for the 32,000 patients who turn to us for hope every year,” said Candace Johnson, PhD, Roswell Park President and CEO. “This incredible event gives our community an opportunity to come together as one in the fight against cancer. At Roswell Park no one fights cancer alone, and we are so grateful for every dollar donated, every mile pedaled and every minute volunteered that help give hope to those fighting.”
The weekend began on Friday with the Peloton, a 12-mile route from Roswell Park to University at Buffalo (UB) that is reserved for top fundraisers. The 200 Peloton riders each raised more than $1,000 and passed a qualifying ride in order to participate. Before departing, the riders stood outside of Roswell Park with personal notes from current patients in their hands while reaching up to the hospital windows in a salute to cancer patients who were looking out. The Peloton riders then rode in two-by-two formation from Roswell Park through the City of Buffalo and into Celebration Village on the UB campus as part of The Ride For Roswell’s Celebration of Hope.
The Celebration of Hope, a community-wide rally against cancer, included family-friendly activities and live entertainment, opportunities to engage with Roswell Park doctors, faculty and staff who demonstrated how funds raised by The Ride help fuel cancer research at the Institute and an inspirational and emotional stage program featuring the arrival of the Peloton and an Olympics-style procession of cancer advocates, researchers and survivors.
On Saturday, The Ride included cyclists of all ages and abilities on routes ranging from 3 to 102 miles, including two, 44-mile international routes through Canada and a new Olmsted Route, which departed from the Roswell Park start line and traveled along Frederick Law Olmsted’s famed parkways with a rest stop at the historic H.H. Richardson Center.
Support of The Ride For Roswell generously provided by:
PRESENTING SPONSOR: West Herr Automotive Group.
REVOLUTION SPONSOR: Tops Friendly Markets.
BIG WHEEL SPONSORS: CSX; Dunkin’ Donuts, Praxair; M&T Bank; New Era Cap Co.; Sahlen’s Packing Co.; University at Buffalo; WGRZ Channel 2.
BREAK AWAY SPONSORS: Buffalo Bisons; Cumulus Media; Eberle + Sciandra, Flynn & Friends; Lamar; Pactimo; Subway; Townsquare Media; Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo.
TEN SPEED SPONSORS: FedEx; Ferguson Electric; First Niagara Bank Foundation; Modern Corporation; E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company; Thermo Fisher; J.W. Danforth; Erie County ARES; RACES.
FIVE SPEED SPONSORS: Hale Northeastern; SMP; Baillie Lumber Co.; Eisai; Bert's Bikes and Fitness; Rich Products; Uncle Bob's Self Storage; New York Institute of Massage; Mississippi Mudds; Steam Roller Press; Saia Communications; Mantelli Trailer Sales; Lincoln Storage; Geico; Amgen; Upstate; Labatt; Microsoft; Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill; Bristol Myers Squibb; All Season Tent Rental.
About The Ride For Roswell
The Ride For Roswell, the single largest fundraising event in Western New York and North America’s largest single-day cycling event, benefits research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park. In 1996, the first Ride For Roswell had 1,000 riders who raised just over $100,000. The Ride has raised $38 million for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center over the past 21 years.
About Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park is 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. The Institute 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 www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@Roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.
Amy Biber Collson, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation