change the world

with two wheels

Are you looking for a fun way to spend a summer day that makes a difference?

Get ready for Empire State Ride Long Island. Here’s everything you need to know about this new event. 

1. It's a one day event

This year’s Empire State Ride Long Island is taking place on Saturday, July 24 at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in the Town of Oyster Bay.

2. it's a cycling fundraiser

Empire State Ride Long Island is on a mission to change the world. This fundraiser is a partnership between Catholic Health – St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center on Long Island and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York. Funds raised will support clinical trials and research to help Long Islanders and beyond batting cancer.

3. There are three routes

Choose between three routes that vary in distance, skill level and fundraising minimum. 

  • Suggested fundraising minimum: $250 for adults; $75 for youths
  • Start time – 8:30 a.m.
  • Route rides along the shoreline to Bayville and Centre Island
  • This is not ideal for young children or trailers
  • View the route map

  • Suggested fundraising minimum: $250 for adults; $75 for youths
  • Start time – 8 a.m.
  • Route explores the scenic rolling hills past Bayville through Locust Valley, Glen Cove and Old Brookville
  • View the route map

  • Suggested fundraising minimum: $350 for adults
  • Start time – 7:30 a.m.
  • Route is a metric century through Glen Clove, Sea Cliff and Roslyn Harbor to Port Washington to Roosevelt’s home at Sagamore Hill
  • View the route map

4. Rally your friends and family

Bike rides are much better with friends by your side. Form a family or workplace team and ride together to make a difference.

5. There will be rest stops along the way

Fuel up and hydrate at the provided rest stops along each route.

6. you don't have to be a resident of oyster bay to participate

Even though ESR Long Island is taking place at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, you do not have to be a resident of the Town of Oyster Bay. We welcome all to come out for a day of riding in the sunshine and making an impact. And we are offering complimentary parking for all riders in the Long Island Railroad parking lot!

7. We have tools to help you reach your fundraising goal

No fundraising experience? No problem! Here at the Empire State Ride Long Island, our team will help all riders meet – and exceed – their fundraising goals. From social media and email tools to posters and more, you’ll hit that goal before you know it. And, as a small token of appreciation for all the good you’ve done, we also have incredible rewards for each milestone you hit.

8. COVID-19 protocols will continue to be evaluated

We are planning with what we know today and will adjust our plan as New York State and local guidelines change. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as July 24 gets closer to ensure the safety of our riders. 

sound like fun? JOin us for a day of impact!

Two Roswell Park scientists in lab

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.

Two Roswell Park scientists in lab

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.

Roswell Park logo


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 the 14th 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.

Roswell Park campus aerial photo
Welcome to the Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital
Catholic Health logo


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.

The Catholic Health Cancer Institute is available at four locations 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.

Catholic Health exterior aerial photo
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Contact info.

Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263​


Funds raised directly benefit