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Hi Family & Friends,
As some of you may know one of my very dear friends, Jamie Weiss's daughter, Sawyer, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma (a rare form of childhood cancer) in April of 2018, just a month shy of her first birthday. Thankfully after a long road of surgeries and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC Sawyer's most recent scans in late October are showing no evidence of the disease!!!
I'm sure we all know someone who had battled cancer, who is currently battling cancer or who has beaten cancer (and if thankfully you don't, personally, now you do! Sawyer). Since this one touched really close to home for me I have decided to join a team and Cycle for Survival in honor of Sawyer. The team will be called the Gold Ribbon Riders (Gold Ribbons typically support childhood cancer). The uniqueness of the Cycle for Survival ride is that 100% of what is raised goes to the cause and the team had already raised over $200,000!
Additionally, Jamie has spoken with the coordinators of the fundraiser and since she is anticipating a huge team with the ability to raise a significant amount of money they are making a special consideration to allow The Weiss Family to designate specifically where they want all of the money raised from the team to be donated. This is a HUGE DEAL! Jamie said the money will be able to go to pediatric cancer research at MSK and she has been diligently researching specific programs and clinical trials to fund. Jamie doesn't want anyone to feel obligated to ride or donate but I said I would help her get the information out there so we can let our friends and family know. Existing teams can also sign up with this link and combine efforts to raise funds with us as well! So, if you have friends on other teams (even if they ride in other states or locations) let them know we will be riding for Sawyer this year, send them the link, and see if they can rally their friends, family and colleagues to join us as well! We have the potential to help make this really BIG!
Another thing I wanted to share about a conversation that I had with Jamie…we were talking about finding the silver lining in this awful situation. Recently one of Jamie's daughters Dylan, who is only 7 years old, said to Jamie that one thing she is thankful for is that she knows they will help to make a difference in the future of childhood cancer. In addition to the fact that Dylan is wise beyond her years, to me, part of that silver lining can be the lessons I can teach my children from leading by example. While my kids may be too young to understand exactly what the Weiss family is going through I know it is so important to me to raise children who are kind and compassionate. Having my kids see me participating in and getting excited about a cause that has really touched home for a family we know, love and care about truly embodies values I know I want to instill in my kids. Knowing that we are trying to help raise money to fund research so children no longer have to suffer with this awful disease is something I will be proud for my kids to see and for me to be a part of.
So let's all be part of the silver lining and ride until we don't have to ride anymore, until there is enough money raised for the doctors to find a cure for childhood cancer and all other cancers around the world!
If anyone has any questions let me know, we have a team coordinator helping us!
Sign up now to ensure that you get a bike if you want to ride ASAP as I'm sure you know this is an extremely popular ride!
Here is the link, feel free to sign up, donate (and see if your employer will make a matching donation) and most importantly pass along.
Thank you for your support!
Team Name: Gold Ribbon Riders
Date & Time: Saturday, March 2 | 8AM-12PM
Location: Equinox, Woodbury, NY
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