History of the Ride

The Ride For Roswell started out as an idea from one passionate volunteer. Mitch Flynn wanted to create a way for the entire Western New York community to take part in the fight against cancer. The first Ride was the start of a life-changing annual gathering that has become one of the largest charity cycling events in North America. Since the inaugural Ride in 1996, the event has grown from offering 3 routes to 10, introduced an international experience throughout Canada, added a pre-ride rally with the Celebration of Hope and increased its fundraising total year after year!

Pathways Park

Pathways Park is the embodiment of the spirit of The Ride For Roswell. Not only does it provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Buffalo’s Medical Campus, but it also serves a significant purpose.  

To mark The Ride’s 20th anniversary, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center commissioned Buffalo artist Ellen Steinfeld to create a tribute sculpture called “Pathways to Hope”. The sculpture was placed on the Roswell Park campus at the corner of Carlton & Ellicott streets.

In 2017, the sculpture’s surrounding greenspace was dedicated as Pathways Park in recognition all those who make The Ride possible, as well as The Ride’s Founder, Mitch Flynn. Commemorative bricks and pavers were installed around the sculpture to honor The Ride’s top fundraisers and volunteers, past and present. To view photos from the dedication event, check out the Facebook album here.

Bricks and pavers will continue to be dedicated in the park for all future Rides. The park is maintained thanks to the generosity of longtime Roswell Park and Ride For Roswell supporters, Joe and Kathy Curatolo.

History of the Ride