Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is Cycle for Survival?

    Cycle for Survival is the national movement to beat rare cancers. Our high-energy indoor team cycling events provide a tangible way for you to fight back. Every dollar raised goes directly to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised $76.5 million and directly funded 100+ clinical trials, studies, and transformational research initiatives that are helping patients worldwide.

  2. What is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center?

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is the nation's preeminent center for research and treatment devoted exclusively to cancer. Founded in 1884, MSK is based in New York City. MSK fosters close collaboration between physicians and scientists, leading to treatment innovation and discoveries that benefit the cancer community worldwide.

  3. Who benefits from the funds raised by Cycle for Survival?

    Every dollar raised by Cycle for Survival goes directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for research on rare cancers providing new treatment options and renewed hope to countless lives touched by rare cancers around the world.

  4. What is a rare cancer?

    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a rare cancer is one with a prevalence of fewer than 200,000 affected individuals in the United States. However, hundreds of different cancers are classified as “rare”, and approximately 50% of people with cancer are battling a rare cancer.

    Rare cancers include commonly-known forms of the disease, including: brain, pancreatic, cervical, stomach, thyroid and ovarian cancers, sarcomas, and all types of pediatric cancers, among many others. These cancers don’t often attract research dollars needed for new therapies and treatments, leaving patients with limited options.

  5. When and where are the 2015 events?

    Cycle for Survival 2015 takes place on the following dates:

    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    Los Angeles: Equinox West LA
    New Jersey: Equinox Summit
    Boston: Equinox Franklin Street

    Sunday, February 8, 2015
    Los Angeles: Equinox Irvine
    Los Angeles: Equinox South Bay
    Long Island: Equinox Roslyn
    Miami: Equinox Coral Gables
    Boston: Equinox Franklin Street

    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    Chicago: Equinox The Loop
    San Francisco: Equinox Pine Street
    Dallas: Equinox Highland Park

    Sunday, February 22, 2015
    Chicago: Equinox The Loop
    Palo Alto: Equinox Palo Alto
    Seattle: Fremont Studios

    Friday, February 27, 2015
    New York City: Metropolitan Pavilion

    Sunday, March 1, 2015
    Washington, DC: Equinox Bethesda
    Connecticut: Equinox Greenwich

    Friday, March 6, 2015
    New York City: Equinox Graybar
    New York City: Equinox Bryant Park

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    New York City: Equinox Graybar
    New York City: Equinox Bryant Park
    New York City: Equinox Fifth Avenue
    New York City: Equinox 50th Street
    New York City: Equinox 61st Street

    Sunday, March 8, 2015
    New York City: Equinox Graybar
    New York City: Equinox Bryant Park
    New York City: Equinox Fifth Avenue
    New York City: Equinox 50th Street
    New York City: Equinox 61st Street

    Not near these locations? Host a Satellite event in your community! Contact us for more information.

  6. How do I register, and is there a fee?

    Registration is free and each location has a minimum team fundraising requirement of $1,000 per bike.

    If you choose to ride Extreme—not part of a team—you will be asked to provide your credit card information during registration and a kick-off fee of $100 will be applied directly to your fundraising efforts. Cards will be charged the balance if an Extreme rider is unable to raise the fundraising requirement of $4,000 by April 1, 2015.

    Register now!

  7. What are the responsibilities of the team captain?

    Team captains customize the team page, recruit team members, motivate them to raise funds, and schedule team member ride times on event day. Want to go the extra mile? Create your own team t-shirts or organize a team fundraising activity! For more information, check out the Team Captain Checklist.

  8. Do I have to be a member of Equinox to participate in Cycle for Survival?

    You don’t need to be an Equinox member to participate. Anyone interested can ride!

  9. Is there a limit to the number of riders you can have on a team?

    Each bike at official Cycle for Survival events accommodates four to eight riders. If you have more than eight team members and intend to raise more money for the cause, you can register for up to four bikes. If your team needs more than four bikes, please contact us. (Satellite teams have no size restrictions.)

  10. How many bikes can I have for my team?

    Registering for multiple bikes is a great option for team captains planning to go the extra mile with fundraising for rare cancer research. Each bike you reserve must meet the fundraising requirement of $1,000 per bike, but most multiple-bike teams far surpass the minimum!

  11. I am new to cycling; may I ride in Cycle for Survival?

    Participants of all abilities—including first-time cyclers—are welcome! No experience is necessary. You have complete control over how fast or easy you ride at Cycle for Survival. All that matters on event day is that you have fun!

  12. Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in Cycle for Survival?

    Yes, riders must be at least 18 years old to ride at Cycle for Survival events.

    We occasionally hold “Teen Cycle for Survival” rides. This allows riders ages 14-17 to ride and raise funds for the cause.

  13. How long do I ride?

    That depends! Each official Cycle for Survival event is a four-hour cycling shift. The shift is divided into four fifty-minute, back-to-back riding sessions. It is up to your team captain to determine how long you and your teammates will ride. (Each bike has a maximum of eight riders.) See the How It Works page for more information.

  14. I am an avid athlete looking for a physical challenge. Is there a registration option for me?

    If you're a serious athlete looking for a rigorous workout, Cycle for Survival Extreme is the ride for you! This special option enables a single rider to complete the entire four hours without a team. The fundraising requirement for an Extreme rider is $4,000 (by April 1, 2015). Register to ride Extreme!

  15. How can I get my company involved with Cycle for Survival?

    There are several ways to get your company involved with Cycle for Survival: form a Corporate Team, see if your company matches gifts, and/or become a sponsor!
    Learn more about these options.

  16. I don’t have a team to join, but I’d like to participate. What are my options?

    If you wish to be placed on an existing Cycle for Survival team, please contact us! We will do our best to find an open spot for you. If you are a serious athlete looking to ride the entire four-hour event on your own, consider signing up for Cycle for Survival Extreme.

  17. Are there wait lists for the official Cycle for Survival events once all spots are filled?

    Yes, a wait list will be kept once all available bikes have been reserved. If spots should become available, wait-listed team captains will be notified as soon as possible.

  18. I don’t live near an official Cycle for Survival event but I’d like to participate. Is there a way for me to get involved?

    Of course! You can start—or join—a Cycle for Survival Satellite event whenever you like, no matter where you live. This registration option is available all year long. For more information, click here or contact us!

  19. Can my children come to the event? Will there be activities to keep them occupied while I ride?

    Yes, your children are welcome at all events. A Kids’ Zone with fun activities will be available. While you are ultimately responsible for the safety and supervision of your child, there will be plenty of activities for children while you are cycling. Please note that all locations have loud music and earplugs will be available at check-in.

  20. Where can I find Cycle for Survival on social media?

    Check out Cycle for Survival’s Facebook page, Twitter profile, Instagram account, and YouTube channel for event news, updates, fundraising tips and challenges, photos, and more! Be sure to follow us and say hello. We wouldn’t want you to miss anything!

  1. Is a Cycle for Survival donation tax-deductible? What is the tax ID number?

    Cycle for Survival is fully owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s 501c3 tax identification number is: 13-1924236.

    Your gift to Cycle for Survival is 100% tax-deductible. You will receive a confirmation receipt via email after submitting your donation. Please save this email receipt for your tax records.

  2. How much of my donation will be directed to research?

    One hundred percent (100%) of every dollar raised by Cycle for Survival goes directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for rare cancer research, benefiting patients worldwide.

  3. How quickly does funding from Cycle for Survival translate to research?

    Cycle for Survival funds are allocated to pioneering rare cancer research studies and clinical trials within six months of the events—dramatically reducing the time it takes for donations to become discoveries and ultimately better treatments for cancer patients.

  4. What specifically has Cycle for Survival funded?

    Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has funded 100+ clinical trials, studies, and transformational research initiatives—leading to renewed hope for those fighting rare forms of cancer. Learn more about our 2014 impact.

  5. Are there fundraising requirements?

    All Cycle for Survival teams are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 per bike. Riders participating in Cycle for Survival Extreme have a minimum fundraising requirement of $4,000. Satellite teams carry no minimum fundraising requirements. Aim high! Every dollar benefits patients.

  6. Is there an individual fundraising requirement?

    Individuals who don't have a team to join and are placed on a team with an open spot are asked to raise at least $250, which is in turn applied to the team fundraising minimum of $1,000. Riders participating in Cycle for Survival Extreme—riding without a team—have a minimum fundraising requirement of $4,000. There is no fundraising requirement for individual Satellite participants.

  7. Will my credit card be charged if I don't reach the fundraising minimum?

    Only Cycle for Survival Extreme riders provide their credit card information for registration. These riders will be charged $100, which is in turn applied directly to their fundraising efforts. Cards will be charged the balance if an Extreme rider is unable to raise the minimum of $4,000 by April 1, 2015.

    All individuals riding on teams will not be required to provide credit card information for registration and subsequently will not be charged any amount. We do encourage you to make a kick-off gift, however! Every dollar will go directly to rare cancer research.

  8. How can I raise funds for Cycle for Survival?

    There are many ways to raise funds for Cycle for Survival. Start by visiting your Participant Center to customize your team and/or individual fundraising pages. Your ask will be more effective if potential donors understand why you’re riding! Check out our fundraising tips to get ideas—and join our social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to share content with friends and family. We encourage you to set your goals high and raise as much as possible! Remember, every dollar goes directly to rare cancer research.

  9. How do I make a gift to an individual or a team?

    It's simple to donate to Cycle for Survival in support of an individual or team. You can make a secure, online credit card donation or you can use our mail-in form to make a gift. Click here to search for the individual or team you wish to support. While your gift will be immediately credited to the team or individual you have specified, it may take up to one hour for your online donation to be accurately reflected on the fundraising honor roll. If after one hour you do not see the gift displayed correctly, please contact us.

  10. Where do I mail checks given to me by donors?

    It's easy to make sure that these gifts are counted toward your fundraising total. Simply mail checks to:

    Cycle for Survival
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    P. O. Box 27432
    New York, NY 10087-7432

    When sending your check, please be very specific as to whether your gift should be counted toward an individual or team. A change may take up to 14 business days to be correctly reflected in online fundraising totals.

  11. How long will it take for gifts to be processed and counted toward my fundraising total?

    Online donations are processed automatically and immediately applied to your fundraising total. Gifts made by check or money order will be processed and applied to your fundraising total within 48 hours of being received by the Cycle for Survival office.

  12. How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?

    Many companies have programs that match the charitable contributions of their employees. This can double and sometimes triple the amount of a donation, at no additional cost to the employee—a great way to increase your impact! Matching gifts will not be posted until all necessary, completed paperwork has been received from both the employee and company.

    To find out if you or your donor works for a company with a matching gift program, check our matching gift search page here. Please mail completed matching gift forms to:

    Matching Gifts
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    1275 York Avenue
    New York, NY 10065
    (800) 585-4118

  13. Are there sponsorship opportunities for my company?

    Yes! If you work for a company that might be interested in being a sponsor of Cycle for Survival, please contact Marissa Nelson at for more information. Custom opportunities and packages are available.

  14. What information should I post on my individual and team fundraising pages?

    Customize your team and individual fundraising pages by sharing your story and why you’re cycling. This helps boost your fundraising success, showing potential donors why your ride is important! Please note that all customized content, photos and videos are subject to MSK review and approval. If you plan to include personal information about other people on your fundraising page—including family members or friends whose lives have been touched by cancer—please be sure to consult with them first, in case they have concerns about seeing such information made public.

  1. I'm a registered participant and I'm having trouble logging in. Can you help?

    Double-check that you're entering your username and password correctly. Remember, your password is case-sensitive. Contact us if you continue to have trouble logging in.

  2. I can't remember my username and/or password. What should I do?

    Start by checking the confirmation email we sent you when you registered. If you no longer have the email, visit the log-in page, enter your email address, and request your username and/or password. We'll send you an email with the requested information.

  3. I'm having problems uploading my photo to my personal page. Can you help?

    Double check to make sure that the photo is a .jpg file and no larger than 4MB. All uploaded images will be resized to fit in a 300 x 400 pixel space. If you need additional assistance, contact us.