Ken Rogers has been a rider with The Ride For Roswell for many years. This year, however, The Ride will take on a different meaning for Ken as it will be his first year riding as a cancer survivor.
In 2016 Ken was diagnosed with pharyngeal cancer. “I had such a positive experience at Roswell and am now twice as motivated to raise funds and bring friends to such an impactful event.”
Ken has been participating in The Ride since 2004, with motivation from his friends who had also been riding. His friend and founder of The Ride, Mitch Flynn, gave him his first introduction to The Ride. “Mitch’s commitment to RCPI was amazing and rubbed off on me. That is what got me working toward making it into the Extra Mile Club.”
“My personal experience is now my biggest motivator” Ken told us when asked what motivates him to ride and fundraise. “I went from fundraising for others, to becoming one of those ‘others.’ That possibility was always in the back of my mind, and I always wanted Roswell Park to be there, just in case, and it was.” Ken is now cancer free and a strong proponent of having a great cancer center in his community.
“During Ride week I mostly like the camaraderie of like-minded people who enjoy biking and fundraising for RPCI. It is nice being a part of the Extra Mile Club, and that has always been a big motivator for me when fundraising. I also love the Peloton and being a riding marshal for the special ride on Friday.”
When we asked Ken what he would tell people who are debating whether or not to ride this year, he told us, “If you’re debating, start with a shorter ride so that you can enjoy yourself. Don’t try to do too much the first time, it’s not a race, it’s about fundraising for a cure.”