When the “Scott & His Cancer Crusaders” team from Bradford surpassed their goal of raising $10,000 for today’s Ride for Roswell event in Buffalo, N.Y., they were extremely happy.
In fact, the team that represents cancer survivor Scott Bloomgren of Bradford and will ride in today’s 2019 Ride for Roswell at the University of Buffalo stadium, raised more than $11,000 through various fundraisers this past year, said his wife Brenda Bloomgren.
Scott Bloomgren, 61, has been fighting cancer for the past eight years and began raising money for the fight against the disease when he led a team in the annual Ride for Roswell event last year.
While last year’s team was small, Bloomgren’s team this year has 10 riders and comprises his wife, family and friends.
“Some of our children and grandchildren are going to be riders this year,” Bloomgren had stated.
“Last year, we did three miles as a family because we weren’t sure how it went, but this year we’re doing 10 miles.”
The team raised money beyond their goal by conducting a spaghetti dinner benefit this spring.
“The spaghetti dinner raised $2,030, and Brandt Water Treatment and Keystone Firearms did a raffle and raised over $3,200, it was a combined effort,” she commented.
Brenda Bloomgren has stated that her husband, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in January of 2011, receives experimental treatments at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo.
Formerly employed by the Danzer Lumber North America company in Bradford, he left his employment because of the illness. Brenda Bloomgren, who is also employed by Danzer, said her husband recently had kidney and open heart surgery.
That procedure didn’t slow him down, however, as he decided to ride in Friday’s Peloton qualifying event, which was the kick-off to today’s Ride for Roswell.
“He had to have his scans earlier today (at Roswell) to see how the new treatment is working, so we came up early and took care of that,” she said on Friday.
Literature provided by the team and Roswell states that funds raised by Ride for Roswell are used “to fuel cutting-edge cancer research and compassionate patient-care programs at Roswell Park.”