BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Former Buffalo Bills player Steve Tasker was on hand Thursday night for a kickoff event at New Era Cap in Buffalo for the 19th annual Ride for Roswell.
Over the past 18 years, the ride has raised almost $25 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Sadly, Tasker’s father-in-law passed away from cancer just over a week ago. But he looks forward to honoring him in this year’s ride.
“I didn’t realize how big it was until you come out and ride in it. And there are thousands upon thousands of people, and just a ton of kids and families out there. It’s a tremendous atmosphere. And it really makes you proud of the region,” he said.
This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 28 on the University at Buffalo’s north campus.
Tasker’s former teammate, Jim Kelly, isn’t far from his mind as the ride approaches.
“Just yesterday afternoon, I spoke to the family, and it was just after a doctors’ meeting. They had decided on their next course of action,” he said. “Their goal is to cure him. They really think they’ve got a shot at doing that. And that’s what I wanted to hear. They’re not just treating Jim, they’re trying to cure him. And he’s in a battle that at least the doctors at this point think he can win.”