Let’s scrap cancer

Brightwaters resident biking from Staten Island to Buffalo

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Most people traveling from Long Island to Buffalo take a short plane ride or endure the brutally long eight-hour car ride. Instead of those options, Brightwaters resident Mario Fiore will be biking the over 500-mile journey as part of the Empire State Ride for the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

To help raise money for his journey, Fiore will be collecting scrap metal from Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30 at the Brightwaters Department of Public Works yard located at 141 Orinoco Avenue.

Brightwaters mayor John Valdini said that Fiore approached the board of trustees about two months ago about his fundraiser and asked if the village could assist in the project, which the village was happy to do. The village is giving Fiore the use of a room in the highway yard to store the dumpster that will be collecting the scrap metal, as well as a couple highway workers to assist in collecting the metal. Valdini made sure to note, however, that Fiore is doing 90 percent of the work himself.

“Mario Fiore has been a resident for a long time and he’s a great person, very helpful in the community, and anybody who’s willing to ride a bicycle from Long Island to Buffalo, I’d be happy to support his efforts, and it’s for a good cause and it’s kind of a unique thing, and I like to support unique things in the village,” Valdini said.

Fiore, a 64-year-old retired physical education teacher from North Babylon, said, “There are probably very few things that are as win-win-win as scrapping metal.”

“I’ve been very blessed,” Fiore said. “I have six kids, and one of the things that my wife has always been supportive of is letting me do these things.”

The ride, which begins on Sunday, July 24 from Wagner College in Staten Island, is slated to take seven days and end on Saturday, July 30. Fiore will be leaving his house on Saturday, July 23 and visiting his cousin, who lives on Staten Island, for the night before beginning the journey.

Fiore said he has been blown away by the generosity of his neighbors who have donated to him.

“This is not about me,” Fiore said. “People can do something just because they want to help and it doesn’t have to be profound. You don’t have to run a marathon. You don’t have to ride 5 or 600 miles.”

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