AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thousand of bikers hit the pavement on Saturday riding to help find a cure for cancer.
“It’s a very emotional day” said Dr. Candace Johnson, the Deputy Director of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Many of the participants took part in the Ride for Roswell event because they’re a cancer survivor or for a loved one who’s been affected.
“My nephew Mickey is a survivor and Roswell did a great job for him” said Brenda McCrossan.
Charlene Ferderowicz and her son Brandon biked 20 miles on Saturday for his dad Johnney.
“The only thing he asked of me was to continue the Ride for Roswell because we did it four years before he got sick” said Federowicz of Cheektowaga.
News 4 caught up with the Brandon last month when he flew to California to take part in a cancer fundraiser with the winner of the reality show Survivor Philippines. They did it in honor of his father who died from cancer last fall.
Brandon explained that he felt his dad’s presence with him as he was riding. “It was amazing” said Federowicz.”He was so proud of me”.
“When I crossed the finish line I just told him it was for him. Yea it was for him” said Charlene.
This year more than eight thousand people participated in the event. Proceeds from it help pay for patient care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and cutting edge research.
“It’s enabled us to develop a very successful gene sequence research and clinical program that is able to individually characterize all the abnormalities in a patient’s cancer” said Dr. Donald Trump, the President and CEO of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Trump said their goal is to develop individualized treatments for a patient’s cancer.
This year riders raised $4.3 million dollars. They all came together to make a difference in the lives of someone battling cancer.