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Local Cyclist Honored

Bike Ride Honors Local Cyclist, Benefits UNM Cancer Center

On Sunday, March 18, local cyclists will meet at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center to kick off the first annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride. The event will honor Schroeder, a local businessman and avid cyclist who passed away from lung cancer in 2009. Funds raised will benefit the UNM Cancer Center.

The first annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride is a 45-mile course (with 20- and 30-mile options) mapped out by Scott’s sister, Carrie Stansbery, an experienced cyclist and cycling teacher. “This is his ride,” says Carrie, who rode with Scott every Sunday, often cycling along Tramway to enjoy the beauty of the Sandias. While 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,” said Carrie.”He knew how important cycling was to Scott.”

It was during a shared ride in Arizona that Scott vowed to Carrie that he would “give back” to the UNM Cancer Center and help those facing cancer diagnoses. With the first annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride, Carrie and her family, including parents David and Charlene Schroeder hope to raise $50,000 from the Ride’s proceeds.

Members of Team TSS, with Scott Schroeder’s bicycle. Left to right: John Tomlinson, David Schroeder, Jacob Schroeder (Scott’s son), Carrie Stansbery, Daniel Stansbery, Charlene Schroeder and Mark Dupuy. Not pictured: Lawson Shanklin.

To register for the Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride, please visit http://www.active.com/cycling/albuquerque-nm/scott-schroeder-memorial-ride-2012; donations can be made online at http://www.active.com/donate/TeamTSS.

The UNM Cancer Center has been serving the people of New Mexico affected by cancer since 1971 and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in New Mexico. . This select group of facilities includes just 66 premier cancer centers in the nation designated by the NCI, the leading federal agency for cancer research and training. In 2009, the UNM Center opened its stunning $100 million, 206,432-square-foot, state-of-the-art cancer research and treatment facility in Albuquerque.

Last year, the UNM Cancer Center treated virtually all of the state’s children diagnosed with cancer and more than 60 percent of New Mexican adults with the disease, in total caring for nearly 16,000 patients. Integrating world-class research and cutting-edge care to help and heal patients, the UNM Cancer Center’s serene, welcoming environment continues to lead the way in healing patients and supporting loved ones in New Mexico.

If you are interested in creating a legacy gift for the UNM Cancer Center, please visit: http://cancer.unm.edu/you-can-help/ or contact Bonnie McLeskey at the UNM Foundation at bonnie.mcleskey@unmfund.org or (505) 313-7610.