JOIN THE BATTLE. GIVE TO BEAT RARE CANCERS.
When I found out my friend George was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in December one of the first things I did was reach out to Memorial Sloan Kettering. The response was quick, reassuring and helpful. In a matter of days, I had a contact for George, and his lovely wife Paula, to call to get information about treatment options and possible clinical trials. And shortly thereafter, Paula was contacted by another person who was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma who could give George and Paula a sense of what to expect on this new and unchartered path.
While George is not seeking treatment through MSK currently 1) that may change and 2) I know firsthand that the money raised by Cycle for Survival is being put to work within six months and may very well impact George's options and treatment plan. Because of this, I have set my sights on my craziest fundraising goal to date: to raise $25,000 in 25 days.
Why $25,000? Well...two reasons:
1) If you raise $25,000+, you can direct where your funds are allocated.
2) I want to do everything I can to make an immediate impact on the research being done and options available for those diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, especially for my friend George. Time is of the essence, so I have no choice but to go All Out this year.
There are three things I want you to know:
1) 50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer. Yet sadly, these patients often face little to no treatment options because rare cancer research is underfunded. Cycle for Survival changes this reality and I'm so proud to be part of this movement.
2) 100% Goes to lifesaving Research Led by MSK. Every dollar you give will advance innovative research and clinical trials led by MSK. This work has the power to revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated worldwide. And discoveries made via MSK impact treatment everywhere, including where George is being treated in California.
3) 6 Months for Fast Impact. As mentioned above, your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to a rare cancer diagnosis.
While this year's participation, my sixth consecutive year, is dedicated to George, I'm motivated by many others who have inspired me to raise as much as I possibly can for rare cancer research. I ride in memory of: My Dad, My Papa, Doug, Garrett, Kelly, Linda, Bobby, Regina, Reilly, Glo, Christa, Bridget, Spud, Bob and those you love and miss. I ride in celebration of: My Mom, My Nana, Jenne, Elisabeth, Elise, Courtney, Linda, Kelly B, Rachael, Terri, Megyn, Sandy, Tom, Gina/Becks, Saralyn, Gene, Christine, Bryce, Jessica, Peter, Carolyn, Barbara, Lilamani, Dan, Suzan, Tami, Cindy, Bridgett, Ellyn, Jennifer, Amberlea, Joan, Matt, Sheri, Wags and those you love and celebrate.
In my five years with Cycle for Survival, you have helped me raise over $112,000. I am proud of and humbled by this. THANK YOU! Last year alone, we raised $18,626. THANK YOU! With your help, I want to raise $25,000 by Saturday, February 24th. I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS!
Thank you for all your support and helping me reach this crazy, but important goal. I look forward to riding for George and for all those we love, honor and celebrate as we work towards raising life-saving funds for people who need it the most.
P.S. To follow along on George's journey as told from the perspective of his wife Paula (and one of my very favorite humans), please bookmark http://notmymothers60.blogspot.com.