Buffalo, NY (WBEN / edited release) -- The Ride For Roswell, Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s largest fundraiser, welcomed more than 8,000 riders, who raised more than $3.8 million for cancer research.
The funds raised will fund cutting-edge research and patient care programs, and a portion of the funds, $1 million, will be used to advance pediatric cancer care. In collaboration with Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Roswell Park is enhancing its specialized Pediatric Cancer Care Program to provide the very best care for families whose lives are touched by childhood cancer or blood disease.
The 18th annual event, which is supported by 2,000 volunteers, kicked off Friday with more than 200 cyclists saluting cancer patients outside of RPCI, then riding in pack formation through the City of Buffalo and into the UB stadium. Other event highlights included an Opening Ceremony; an inspirational rally against cancer featuring a speech from former Major League Baseball star Dave Dravecky; and a concert from Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes.
Supported primarily by Western New Yorkers, the powerful event draws people from 37 states and five countries who all share the same goal: to support Roswell Park’s mission to understand, prevent and cure cancer.
“The Ride For Roswell supports the quest to find cures and save lives, and the money raised is so important to the funding of vital research and patient care programs that are critical to the thousands of people we treat every year,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “But its meaning goes much deeper than that for our patients, survivors, families, employees and volunteers. It’s a chance to honor a loved one, to take action, to make a difference, to bring hope and healing to so many people whose lives have been touched by this terrible disease. We are honored that so many people in our community and beyond have chosen to stand behind Roswell Park Cancer Institute and support the important and pioneering work we do right here in Buffalo.”
(original release written by Leslie Garrity, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communication. It appears here in edited form.)