In memory of the irrepressable Dick Shaffer
Julie Shaffer, along with help from her friends, organized The First Annual Race for Hope, which will honor her husband, Dick Shaffer, who passed away from esophageal cancer in November of 2006. The event will consist of a 24-mile open bicycle race, offered to all men and women, age 15 and older, along with a free 4 mile fun bicycle ride for people of all ages. The race will take place in Borodino on Saturday, May 26 at 8 a.m., starting and finishing at the Borodino Fire Department.
When describing the race, Julie said, "It is a very scenic course with some hills. Dick loved this particular route and always came home with a smile on his face after completing it. The response has been very positive and I believe we will get a good turnout."
Dick retired in 2002 after being Director of Finance at Niagara Mohawk for 31 years. Dick had a real passion for running and bicycling. He was a competitive marathoner, a triathlete, and an ironman. He was devoted to his wife, Julie, and his children, Nathan, 16 and Matthew, 11. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2003. After going through a clinical trial, he went into remission for one year.
"During the year 2005, his enthusiasm for life was never more evident. He not only ran the 2005 Houston Marathon to show everyone that he was cancer free, but he dedicated his life to cancer research and riding with Lance Armstrong in the Tour of Hope. He rode his bicycle with 24 other riders across the US, stopping along the way at Cancer Hospitals, cancer rallies, and major cities where he spoke to people to never give up and support clinical trials," Julie said, "Three months after he completed this ride, the cancer came back."