You make a difference

When you ride in ESR Long Island, you’re making a commitment to help the future of cancer research and save lives from cancer through clinical trials. The funds raised by our riders support clinical trials at Catholic Health’s Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital on Long Island, New York and America’s first cancer center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York.


Catholic Health is part of the Roswell Park Care Network, the most expansive community cancer, supportive and specialized care affiliation, spanning across New York State. Led by Roswell Park, the network of physicians and supportive care teams are committed to reducing the burden of cancer. Catholic Health’s partnership with Roswell Park through the Care Network, gives patients on Long Island access to the newest clinical trials, which are continually helping to push back the boundaries in cancer treatments.

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a study designed to evaluate a promising new medical treatment before it can be made widely available to patients. Researchers develop new treatments for physicians to administer to patients who have enrolled in the trial and follow their progress. Physicians then report their observations back to researchers who focus their efforts accordingly.

When clinical trials identify effective treatments, these treatments will eventually become the new standard of care that will be offered to future patients. Today’s standard treatments were researched and proven by clinical trials done in the past. 

immunotherapy clinical trials being supported by ESR Long Island include:

A lung cancer vaccine clinical trial, CIMAvax, that is only available exclusively through Roswell Park thanks to a partnership with scientists in Cuba.

A study on how well single-fraction therapy works when compared to standard radiation therapy in treating patients with metastatic cancer or cancer that has spread to other places in the body.

A study into the use of immunotherapy drug abatacept (Orencia®) to target multiple myeloma cancer cells.

Launching clinical trials and bringing these new therapies to patients requires significant funding, making every dollar raised through ESR Long Island critical to the finding the next cancer cure.


Funds raised through ESR Long Island are managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations made to Roswell Park. The Foundation ensures that every donation is put to the best possible use.

It’s earned the highest possible rating on Charity Navigator for the fifth consecutive year.


A comprehensive cancer center driven to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity. Roswell Park, located in Buffalo, New York, has a long history of cancer care. Founded in 1898 as the nation’s first cancer research center, Roswell Park grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park. Today, Roswell Park is ranked as a best cancer hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Research at Roswell Park has led to historic breakthroughs in the way we understand, prevent and cure cancer.


Catholic Health is Long Island’s most patient-focused health care system, with doctors and nurses who set the standard for top quality, compassionate care. 

St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® is Catholic Health’s flagship.

Catholic Health’s four cancer centers are located across Nassau and Suffolk, bringing outstanding cancer care to the communities of Long Island. It offers some of the region’s most recognized oncologists across all disciplines, using the latest technology to diagnose and treat all stages of cancer. This multidisciplinary approach provides patients with a tailored medical strategy suited to their specific needs. All oncologic disciplines under one roof: medical oncology, surgical oncology, infusion therapy and radiation oncology.