Empire State Ride Long Island to Cycle for a Cure for Third Year on July 22
Long Island is cycling for a cause — regardless of age or experience, anyone can help contribute to a better life for cancer patients.
In its third year, the Empire State Ride Long Island (ESR Long Island) is a cycling event that raises funds to support clinical research and trials. On behalf of a partnership between Catholic Health’s Cancer Institutes and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, all money raised will go toward clinical trials for cancer patients across New York State.
“At Roswell Park, we believe that no one should have to choose between convenience and quality when facing a decision about where they or a loved one should seek care for cancer,” says Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson, Ph.D. Roswell Park, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in upstate New York, aims to provide accessible and expansive care.
The big day is July 22. Starting and ending in Oyster Bay, participants can choose between 10-, 25-, and 62-mile routes tailored to their riding background. Each route features gorgeous scenery of the North Shore and stunning beaches, providing participants with a fulfilling journey.
“I’m proud to welcome participants in this amazing charity fundraiser event to the Town of Oyster Bay,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “The charitable funds raised at this event will go a long way towards continuing to provide top-notch care for cancer patients throughout the area.”
Riders can set up a fundraising page to further the event’s mission where family and friends can donate to their ride to support their adventure and advocacy efforts. Visitors are encouraged to celebrate at the finish line as cyclists close out their charitable morning.
“We are excited to see Empire State Ride Long Island return for a third year, raising funds that allow us to continue to provide the latest clinical trials and treatments to patients that need us right now,” says Johnson. In two years, ESR Long Island has raised more than $200,000 — a groundbreaking amount for trials that help provide access to top-level care.
An Oyster Bay Street Fair lined with food selections, craft beer, and entertainment for all ages will complement the event. Moreover, the classic rock and roll band Crisis, a group of Long Island musicians supporting charities’ efforts to improve lives, will provide live music.
“There is overwhelming business and local community support helping us fund access to the latest life-saving cancer treatments and clinical trials here on Long Island,” says Empire State Ride Long Island volunteer co-chair Steve Mars.
With opportunities for everyone to donate and get involved in the future of cancer research and trials, its third annual event will be nothing short of monumental.
The Empire State Ride is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. July 22 at Shore Avenue in Oyster Bay. The fee to enter is $25. For more info, visit esrlongisland.com.