Local Boy Raises Thousands for Ride for Roswell

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT

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June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT


WEST SENECA (WKBW) A ten year old on a bike is not a strange sight in the suburb of West Seneca. But for AJ Walczak, it is much more than a bike ride. His mother has stage four breast cancer, and AJ has been on a fundraising mission ahead of his participation in the Ride for Roswell.

"All the people with cancer, they deserve to get it over with and I just want to help people," Walczak said.

AJ organized a fundraiser at his school, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Depew. It was a crazy hat day, expecting maybe a hundred dollars. He raised twelve hundred dollars that day.

"That was phenomenal, never expected it, ever in a million years thought that they could do in such a small school, but its great, and it's wonderful, and it's like a big family," AJ's mom Lisa Gainey said.

On Saturday AJ will take part in his third Ride for Roswell, an 8 mile trek wearing his 'Fighting for Lisa' t-shirt.

When asked if he thinks about his mom while he rides, he responded, "Yes. I always will and I'll never stop."

"Knowing that he started this so courageously and stands with me through it all, it's going to be very hard but in a happy way to see him take off knowing why he's doing this," Gainey added.

To date, and without any corporate sponsors, AJ has raised over 8 thousand dollars for the Ride for Roswell to help fund cancer research.

"It is very big, that's about all I know. That it's huge," Walczak said.

"I can't put the pride into words. It's just, I couldn't imagine having any other child but him," Aj's mom said.