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Local superheroes assemble to raise money for the Ride for Roswell

Ride For Roswell raises nearly $3.5 million for cancer research
Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 18:15:13-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Ride for Roswell found a new way to roll on during the pandemic. And with help from a few superheroes, they're raising a lot of money for cancer research.

"We're celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ride for Roswell. This year we're doing it socially distanced, but the spirit of ride for Roswell is alive and well," said Terry Bourgeois, a volunteer of 22 years.

Smaller groups are riding and others are riding independently. During a normal year, there would be thousands of people show up to celebrate and raise money. This year, there are fewer people, but the support is just as strong.

"We've had a great turnout for these distanced rides. The fundraising has been amazing," said Bourgeois.

So far, they've raised more than $3 million. They had some help from some 'super' supporters.

"We wanted to participate with Roswell and the ride as it was originally set up and when they changed it to this on your own version we stuck with it," said Bill Reynolds, Executive Director of the Superhero Alliance of WNY.

They raised nearly $2,000 for the cause and did an independent ride in the Town of Tonawanda, giving high fives to others along the way.

"We are trying to bring fun and whimsy to any event we can just to brighten up people's days, the smiles from the kids and just the joy they get," said Reynolds.

There's still time to join in, the Summer of the Ride continues until August 21. To participate, click here. To donate, click here.