I ride for all cancer patients, survivors & those that lost their battle. I ride as a cancer survivor and in memory of my brother, Andy.
Month: July 2020
What To Know Before Riding With Us
Rain is in the forecast.
But we won’t let it dampen the last weekend of the Summer of the Ride!
Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you’re prepared for a rainy ride:
General Preventative Actions
Staff, volunteers and riders are urged to take everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of germs and illness. This includes:
Keep a safe distance
At every opportunity, maintain a 6-foot distance from those not in your group.
You can review your route, check out rest rooms and water stops before your Ride Day and follow along in real time by using Ride with GPS.
Upon arriving at your in-person ride location, parking your car and gathering your ride gear, we ask that everyone wear a mask. If you forget a mask, we will have masks available at check-in. Masks should be worn at all times.
At check-in you will be asked to complete a self-screening, which includes a list of questions and symptoms to confirm you are cleared to ride. The screening will include hand sanitizer and a mask if you forgot yours! Self-screening questions will include:
In the last 14 days, have you had a new onset of any of the following symptoms:
In the last 14 days have you:
If you answer yes to any of the above, you unfortunately will not be able to participate in Ride Day to ensure the safety of our riders, volunteers and staff.
While these in-person rides will give you a little bit of that much-loved Ride Day experience, including a selfie station, to-go food from Tops Markets and music, there are a few things you should know:
The Ride Team is here to help. If you have any concerns or questions, reach out at any time. We will be with you every step of your Ride Day, ensuring that teams get out, cleaning surfaces, directing routes and more.
See you on your Ride Day!
More Cowbell: M&T Bank’s Iconic Support for the Ride for Roswell
It’s hard to imagine the Ride for Roswell without the M&T Bank start and finish lines towering over the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. They are such an iconic part of Ride Day – and the feeling of crossing beneath them while riding with your friends and family to end cancer is unlike any other.
But in 2011, there were no M&T start or finish lines or volunteers in the hundreds cheering and ringing cowbells. It was just six employees, organized by Ann Marie Hulbert, doing their part in the fight against cancer. They fundraised what they could and tied a banner to a tree, according to Tim McMorrow, Group Vice President at M&T Bank and one of those six people.
Fast forward to 2019, when 189 of the company’s very own crossed the finish line on June 22. And with more than 200 volunteers, M&T Bank raised more than $120,000 for patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Participating in some capacity at the Ride is something that many M&T Bank employees look forward to each year. And it all stems from community.
“We have a saying: ‘When a community succeeds, we all succeed,’” Tim said. “Bringing together our community for the greater good is really important to everyone here. And [the Ride] brought all of that together.
“My wife was a patient at Roswell Park for over three years. When we were going there regularly and I was in the lobby, I’d run into employees from M&T. It just goes to show you how Roswell touches our community at the bank.”
Katie Coyle, Assistant Vice President at M&T Bank, agrees.
“Everyone has someone that’s been to Roswell. I took an Uber from the airport back into Buffalo, and the driver was talking to me about Roswell. Every aspect of my life has a connection to Roswell – both professionally and personally.”
Think Globally, Act Locally
It’s no small task organizing M&T Bank’s participation in the Ride, but it’s something that Tim and Katie do with pride and love.
“I [always] go back to the story of how it all started and where we’ve grown,” Tim said. “It’s really a small core that brings us all together. And it always makes me feel happy.”
Katie also loves how it brings everyone together.
“During Ride Weekend, I see people from around the bank that I only see there – it’s a time to catch up. It brings us all closer in our internal and external communities.”
Participating in the Ride means so much to so many M&T Bank employees. Here are just a few people they ride for.
We couldn’t imagine the Ride without M&T Bank and all their employees. Thank you for making the Ride Weekend experience so special!
I ride in honor of my mom – Cindy, sister-Sue, aunts-Marcia, Maryann, Santa, cousins-Shane & Kenn, & friends Marta, Bridget, Lucy, Emmett
I ride in memory of my grandmother – Merethea, my sister-in-law – Concetta, my aunt – Molly Devlin, and my uncle – Jerome.
I ride for my son who is a brain cancer survivor! SimonStrong
I am riding in memory of the strongest man I know, My Dad Marv who lost his battle to cancer in January.
I ride for my Mom, she is a 10 year cancer Survivor because of Roswell!
This year I ride in memory of my father in law Marv who lost his battle to Pancreatic Cancer.
For my Uncle Dave – who never got the chance to win the fight.