They’re used to helping others in need. So it came as no surprise that six bicyclists representing the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps raised more than $1,200 for the 15th Ride for Roswell.
The Ride is held annually on the last Saturday in June starting at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. This year more than 7,000 riders raised a record-breaking $2.6 million for cancer research and patient treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.
“It was great to be a part of something so positive, raise money for a worthy cause and get some exercise at the same time,” said team captain and LVAC emergency medical technician Joe Popiolkowski.
Riders choose from eight routes that wind around Western New York and solicit donations from friends, family and neighbors. This is the first year LVAC has formed a team for the Ride.
“We’d like to express a special thank you to all the donors who made our first Ride a success,” said Popiolkowski, who completed the 44-mile route. “We hope to build on it next year by having a bigger team and even more donations.”
Other team members included LVAC EMT Mark Reinhard, paramedic Bob Kelly and his wife, Linda, Popiolkowski’s wife, Pam, and LVAC driver Amanda Popiolkowski.
The Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps is staffed by volunteer and paid state-certified EMTs and paramedics who respond to medical emergencies in the Town of Lancaster and Villages of Lancaster and Depew. The LVAC has served these communities since 1953.