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Linda Townsend

Team Name:  Team Rockstar - Bethesda
Years Participated: Third Year

Location:   Bethesda, MD:

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Dear Family and Friends,

It's that time of the year again--Cycle for Survival!

I'm raising money for rare cancer research in honor of my friend, Amy (pictured), and all the other people like her who have few, if any, treatment options. Will you join me by making a donation? Through Cycle for Survival, progress is accelerating. We arm scientists with the resources to explore pioneering ideas, discover new therapies, and collaborate to find the next breakthrough.

AS an additional incentive, our fearless Team Rockstar Captain, Collen Fisher, and her generous family are matching all donations of $100 or more up to $10,000 total. So, if you donate $100 or more before the $10,000 total is reached, the impact of your donation is doubled to $200 or more!

Why this matters to me:

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer: When combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are cancers we know — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers — yet research is largely underfunded.

100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK: Every dollar you give will advance innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients across the country and around the world.

6 Months for Fast Impact: Not only does every dollar go to research, your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. As a donor, you will learn about the projects supported and the breakthroughs made.

And last, but never least, I'm again doing this in support and honor of my friend Amy who is still battling her rare multiple myeloma. She's still here, but it's been a tough year. She truly feels it's only because of research at places like MSK that she's still alive.

Thanks to all of you for suppoting such a great cause! And wish me luck for the ride on Feb. 24, where we hope to raise even more funding for this amazing cause.

- Linda


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