Why do you participate in the Ride?
I started riding in gratitude for the treatment I get at Roswell – now I ride for my teammates. I am alive and still battling my cancer thanks to the amazing people at Roswell. Team Salvadore has patients, survivors, family of those battling cancer and many who ride in memory of their loved one who died because the right treatment wasn’t available yet. Fathers, mothers, spouses, siblings, children – not with us because cancer robbed them of precious time. Roswell gives all cancer patients the best chance in WNY. Roswell’s research is extending lives and curing some cancers. Research takes money and the Ride for Roswell is the best way to help all cancer patients.
What is your favorite part about Ride weekend?
It’s hard to pick one part! The Celebration of Hope is AMAZING and so meaningful. The torch lighting and the stories of those treated at Roswell brings the purpose of the Ride center stage. Ride Day is phenomenal – to come together as a community to fight cancer is so uplifting. It is so much more than a bike ride or fundraiser. It is healing to be among so many with a common goal – to take away the power cancer has while honoring their loved ones.
What have you been doing to raise funds for the Ride?
My teammates are creative – holding food truck events, their own beer tastings and can collections. As for me- I am just sharing my Roswell story.