On Sunday, March 18, cyclists of all ages and abilities will take off from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. Their mission: to raise $50,000 for the Scott Schroeder Memorial Fund, and to enjoy the simple pleasure of a weekend bike ride with family and friends—something Scott Schroeder, a local businessman and avid cyclist who passed away from lung cancer in 2009, knew well during his life.
The first annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride is a 45-mile ride (with 20- and 30-mile options) that brings riders west to the Rio Grande and back across varied terrain to the UNM Cancer Center. The course has been mapped out by Scott’s sister, Carrie Stansbery, an experienced cyclist and cycling teacher. Carrie has spearheaded the creation of the ride in Scott’s honor. “This is his ride,” says Carrie. “I’m just the facilitator.”
Growing up in Albuquerque, Carrie learned to ride from Scott, and sister and brother continued to ride together every Sunday as adults, often cycling along Tramway to enjoy the beauty of the Sandias. So passionate was Scott about cycling that he continued the sport even as he was being treated for lung cancer, the second cancer he faced in his lifetime. “Scott’s doctor at the UNM Cancer Center would give us the green light to ride—he knew how important cycling was to Scott,” says Carrie.
It was during a shared ride in Arizona that Scott, still undergoing treatment, vowed to Carrie that he would “give back” to the UNM Cancer Center and help those facing cancer diagnoses as soon he was in remission. After Scott passed away, Carrie and her family, including parents David and Charlene Schroeder, pledged to do whatever they could to carry out his resolve.
Their first step was to create the Scott Schroeder Memorial Fund at the UNM Cancer Center, where Scott was treated. “The UNM Cancer Center provided such amazing care for Scott and for our whole family,” says Carrie. “We couldn’t be more grateful.” Generous in their gratitude, the Schroeders established their fund to support cancer research, especially efforts directed to improving early detection. Scott’s family and friends then began raising funds, forming Team TSS (Troy Scott Schroeder) and riding in last spring’s “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride–Lake Tahoe,” a challenging 72-mile course. Their efforts brought in over $20,000 for Scott’s fund.
They’ve set the bar even higher this year, aiming to raise at least $50,000 with the launch of the Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride in Scott’s hometown. The long-term goal is to raise $1 million, says Carrie.
“This is an incredible family,” says Trent Dimas, Philanthropy Director at the UNM Cancer Center. “Their love, their strength, their compassion—it’s inspiring. The ride they’ve created and the community energy and generosity they’re mobilizing around it will help so many New Mexicans affected by cancer.”
Scott Schroeder would have been 45 this year, and the 45-mile route of this first annual ride honors the birthday he didn’t live to celebrate. “Sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s been gone for three years, but it’s so important that we continue his fight against cancer,” says Carrie. “The best way we can do this—as Scott taught us—is to help others in their fight.”
How to Get Involved:
Riders of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to take part in the first annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride. With 20-, 30- and 45-mile options, there is a perfect Sunday ride for everyone!
The ride will begin at the UNM Cancer Center, head west to the Rio Grande and follow the river for a distance, allowing riders to enjoy the Bosque. Then, for riders who wish to complete the full course, the route continues through the challenging hills near Mesa del Sol before looping back to the Cancer Center. Riders can get a sense of the terrain at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/65230282/.
Community members who would like to participate without riding are encouraged to sponsor riders or donate directly to the fund at http://www.active.com/donate/TeamTSS. Fundraising is off to a terrific start! Team TSS has already raised $16,472, or 33% of their goal of $50,000.
Riders are strongly encouraged to register in advance. Day-of registration begins at 8:30am on Sunday, March 18, at the UNM Cancer Center. The ride has a “rolling” start between 10am and 10:30am. See the information below for full details.
Date: March 18, 2012
Time: Registration begins at 8:30am. Registered riders can begin the course between 10am-10:30am
Location: University of New Mexico Cancer Center, 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Length: 20, 30 or 45 miles
Safety: Riders will NOT be allowed to ride without a helmet and Rules of the Road must be obeyed at all times.
Registration: Register online until March 15 at http://www.active.com/cycling/albuquerque-nm/scott-schroeder-memorial-ride-2012 or in-person at the UNM Cancer Center the morning of the race.
Fee: $50 (Fee increases to $60 on March 1, 2012)
Donations: Donations can be made online at http://www.active.com/donate/TeamTSS .