Meet First-Time Rider Steve Davailus
A native of northeast Pennsylvania, Steve Davailus has since lived in Endicott, N.Y.; Hawaii; Austin, Texas and Durham N.C., where he currently resides and is training for his first Empire State Ride.
Q: How did you find out about the Empire State Ride?
I did a Google search on cancer fundraiser rides.
Q: What inspired you to sign up?
I wanted to do something that would make a difference in some small way to fight back against cancer. Both of my parents passed from cancer, and now I am doing battle against cancer.
Q:What is your history as a cyclist?
I started long distance riding in 2008 in Texas.
Q: Have you ever done anything similar to the Empire State Ride?
Last year I participated in a week long recreational bike ride across North Carolina, known as the Mountains to Coast ride. It was cut short by two days because of inclement weather, but I rode 360 miles in all.
Q: How are you fundraising for the ride?
All by word of mouth. I’m spreading the word & passing out business cards, and soliciting donations through Facebook and email.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish by raising funds and completing the ride?
A sense that I have contributed in some small way to research that may possibly help to find a cure to end cancer.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about the ride?
The journey across New York State, and riding with like-minded riders who are participating in the same cause.