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Meet 2017 Empire State Rider Donna Bridges

Donna Bridges started bicycling after she lost her dad to cancer. She’s taken part in Roswell Park’s single-day bicycling fundraiser for the past seven years, and now, she’s ready for a bigger challenge.

Q: How did you find out about the Empire State Ride?
I participate in The Ride For Roswell and heard about the Empire State Ride in a Ride email. I recruited two of my brothers, Wayne and Dave, to join me and we formed a team, Asphalt Junkies.

Q: What inspired you to sign up?
I was inspired to sign up for the ESR because I wanted to participate in something even bigger than The Ride For Roswell. I am also excited to see 500 miles of my home state from my bicycle.

Q: What is your history as a cyclist? Have you ever done anything similar to the Empire State Ride?
I started cycling in 2010 just after my dad lost his battle with lung cancer. I decided I was going to participate in The Ride For Roswell and had just two months to get a bike and train for the ride. I accomplished the 33-mile route and have been riding in the annual event since. The following year I decided to join my brother on the 100-mile route, one of three century rides I’ve completed.

Q: How are you fundraising for the ride?
We are fundraising by asking our previous Ride For Roswell donors for their continued support. We also sold squares for a Stanley Cup pool and on July 24 we will be doing a raffle and 50/50 drawing.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish by raising funds and completing the ride?
By fundraising, I hope to help fund the research that leads to finding a cure for cancer.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the ride?
I’m looking forward to connecting with other cyclists and nightly campfires after a long day’s ride.