The 2nd annual Empire State Ride Long Island (ESR Long Island) kicks off at Theodore Roosevelt National State Park in Oyster Bay on July 23.
ESR Long Island raises funds for clinical research and trials at Catholic Health and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, whose collaboration allows Long Island cancer patients to access the newest clinical trials through the Roswell Park Care Network.
“The positive energy from not only the event participants but Long Island residents is inspirational, symbolic, and emotional,” said Terry Bourgeois, ESR founder. “The energy building around ESR and ESR Long Island’s mission to end cancer is spanning from Long Island across New York State through meaningful partnerships and innovative cancer research and clinical trials being funded through our events. We thank you in advance for fueling the way to cancer cures. Together, we will change the trajectory of cancer forever.”
At last year’s inaugural ESR Long Island, 250 cyclists raised $100,000 to support Catholic Health and its partnership with Roswell Park, which is located in Buffalo.
“Our Catholic Health Cancer Institute, accessible at four locations on Long Island, is driven by a team-based, multidisciplinary approach to cancer, customizing treatment strategies to each patient’s needs,” said Dr. Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, president and CEO of Catholic Health. “As a physician, I know that clinical research is a game changer. Clinical trials expand possibilities.”
Cyclists can register for a $25 fee and commitment to a fundraising minimum of $200 for adults and $75 for riders under 18 for all routes. To kick-start each rider’s efforts, the $25 registration fee will be credited to their fundraising page.
To learn more about the event, visit esrlongisland.com.