We can think of a bunch of reasons to donate to an Empire State Rider! The real question is “how much time do you have?”
The short answer:
Many of the projects that have the potential to find cancer cures and save lives may not have the opportunity to flourish without support from people like you. This fall, over $1 million dollars – a portion of which came from donations to the 2017 Empire State Ride – was awarded to 14 of the most promising preliminary cancer research projects at Roswell Park!
The long answer:
When you donate to an Empire State Rider, the funds go to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and are managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. (Read more about these organizations on our Cause Page.) On average, every dollar donated to Roswell Park leads to an additional $13 in new grant funding!
These funds are critical to allowing Roswell Park scientists to develop new treatments. They also provide the resources needed to bring the research done in the labs to the clinical settings where it can benefit patients the most. The benefits can be felt around the nation! For instance, a phase II clinical trial for a brain cancer vaccine is helping patients at four other cancer centers across the country, including Cleveland Clinic and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The study is being funded entirely by donations.
The funds raised by the Empire State Ride aren’t handed out freely. Twice a year, Roswell Park faculty compete with each other by submitting research proposals to the Alliance Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. This objective committee reviews internal proposals and awards grants to projects that show the most promise for finding cures and saving lives.
To learn more about the 14 research projects that recently received funding, click here.