ESR Long Island

Roswell Park, Catholic Health Team up for First Ever Empire State Ride Long Island Event

  • Registration now open for the cycling event
  • Routes include 10, 25 and 62 miles
  • Funds raised support clinical research and trials at both cancer centers

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — Catholic Health on Long Island and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York have teamed up for Empire State Ride Long Island, the newest cycling event to come to Long Island. This fundraising event on Saturday, July 24 will start and end at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in the Town of Oyster Bay with all funds raised supporting cancer research and clinical trials that will help cancer patients across New York State. The event will feature 10, 25, and 62-mile route options, all starting and ending in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay.
“At Roswell Park, we believe that no one should have to choose between convenience and quality when facing a decision about where they or a loved one should seek care for cancer,” says Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson, PhD. “That’s why partnerships with health care facilities like Catholic Health and the funds raised through Empire State Ride Long Island are so critical to continue to provide the latest clinical trials and treatments to patients across New York State.”

“The clinical trials we are conducting are pushing the frontiers of cancer care,” said Catholic Health Chairman of Oncology Services Bhoomi Mehrotra, MD. “Our patients here on Long Island are able to access novel therapies that are making a positive difference, both in longevity and quality of life.”

“On behalf of the Town Board and all of our residents, I’m proud to welcome participants in this amazing charity fundraiser event to the Town of Oyster Bay, and hope all enjoy the beautiful views from Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park,” said Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “Empire State Ride Long Island promises to be a fantastic event for cycling enthusiasts. The charitable funds raised at this event will go a long way towards continuing to provide top-notch care for cancer patients throughout the area.”

Registration is now open for this event with a $25 fee for each participant. Riders will commit to fundraising a minimum based on their chosen route, which includes $250 for the 10 and 20-mile routes, $350 for the 62-mile route, and $75 for riders under 18 on any route.

Funds raised by Empire State Ride Long Island support clinical research and trials at America’s first cancer center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, and The Catholic Health Cancer Center on Long Island, New York. The two oncology leaders collaborate to offer patients on Long Island access to the newest clinical trials through the Roswell Park Care Network, the most expansive community cancer, supportive, and specialized care affiliation, spanning across New York State.

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About Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center:
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or

About Catholic Health:
Catholic Health is Long Island’s most patient-focused health care system, with doctors and nurses who set the standard for top quality, compassionate care. St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® is Catholic Health’s flagship. The Catholic Health Cancer Institute is available at four locations across Nassau and Suffolk, bringing outstanding cancer care to the communities of Long Island. It offers some of the region’s most recognized oncologists across all disciplines, using the latest technology to diagnose and treat all stages of cancer. This multidisciplinary approach provides patients with a tailored medical strategy suited to their specific needs. All oncologic disciplines under one roof: medical oncology, surgical oncology, infusion therapy and radiation oncology.












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