The 101 cyclists who participated in the Empire State Ride – a seven-day, 546-mile adventure across New York State – raised more than $500,000 to support cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The ride started July 30 with a view of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry and ended Aug. 5 in Niagara Falls, where they were greeted at the finish line by, among others, Dr. Candace Johnson, Roswell Park president and CEO, and Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
“The funds raised by the Empire State Ride participants allow Roswell Park to make lifesaving advances in many areas of cancer research, including clinical trials, personalized medicine and immunotherapy,” Johnson said in a news release.
The ESR started as a personal challenge completed by event founder Terry Bourgeois in 2014. Preregistration is open for the 2018 Empire State Ride at empirestateride.com.