Despite howling winds, which whipped a sea of sand across the city and created white-out conditions that closed the Albuquerque International Sunport, the first annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride was a success, raising $51,000 for the UNM Cancer Center—surpassing the organizers’ goal of $45,000. The ride, a tribute to Scott Schroeder, a local businessman and avid cyclist who passed away from lung cancer in 2009, attracted 114 cyclists and dozens of volunteers while drawing support and donations from many more.
Participants included Cheryl Willman, MD, CEO and Director of the UNM Cancer Center. Addressing the crowd before the ride, Dr. Willman rallied riders by recalling the courage and strength Scott showed in the face of cancer. Scott continued cycling throughout his cancer treatment, often accompanied by his sister Carrie Stansbery, who organized the event together with her parents, David and Charlene Schroeder, and other relatives and friends of Scott.
A representative from the office of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry was on hand to proclaim March 18, 2012, ‘Scott Schroeder Day.’ After the ride, participants enjoyed cycling-themed cupcakes, celebrating what would have been Scott’s 45th birthday. Money raised by the ride will benefit the Scott Schroeder Memorial Fund, which supports early cancer detection research at the UNM Cancer Center. While planning for next year’s ride is already in the works, participants in the first annual Scott Schroeder Bike Ride can take pride knowing they exceeded fundraising goals while battling some of Albuquerque’s worst spring weather.