JOIN THE BATTLE. GIVE TO BEAT RARE CANCERS.
In 2018 I will be participating in my 7th ride with Cycle for Survival, an indoor spin event to raise money for rare cancer research. My participation and passion for this event can be summed up with brief stories of the following 4 people Jen, Nivia, Dan and Julia. They give purpose and meaning to why I get on the bike each year and fight in the battle against cancer. Please donate my ride and read about the people who inspire me to make a difference.
Jennifer Goodman Linn - Jen was a family friend who founded Cycle for Survival 11 years ago with her husband Dave as a way to give back and battle rare cancers. Through their passion and determination the event has grown from a small idea to a nationwide movement. After Jen lost her battle with cancer I was asked to start a team in LA in her honor and I've been riding ever since. I had no idea what to expect the day of my first event, but it was better than anything I could have imagined. The energy coursed through the gym as we all spun on our bikes and danced in the aisles. Jen brought together an ever growing community of amazing people who work hard raise money to make a difference in the world. Thanks to Jen I have found an organization I am passionate about and work tirelessly each year to help others in their battle against cancer.
Nivia Cruz - Nivia is my aunt's wife. A few months after my inaugural ride, Nivia was diagnosed with throat cancer. She began her treatment at MSK shortly after, and has been working with the amazing MSK medical staff for the past 5 years. While there is no way to directly correlate the money I raised to her treatment, I know that money from the event has helped the drs at MSK make strides in finding a cure for her. I am so grateful to everyone at MSK who has helped support Nivia through her tough battle and want to make sure they have all the tools they need to help others. Having someone I care about be affected shortly after I got involved with Cycle for Survival really solidified why I need to get involved every year.
Dan - One of my close friend's partners. In the summer of 2016 Dan got sick. He was hospitalized for a long time and through tests and surgeries they discovered that he had colon cancer. When deciding where to do his treatment he looked at a few places in NYC. After much consideration he chose to go with MSK for his treatment, one of the main reasons being that he was impressed with the research going on there. Hearing why he chose MSK was one of the proudest days of my life. It gave meaning to all the emails, posts and events I've hosted over the past few years to raise money for cancer research. Through Dan I learned that the effort and work that I put into this event can actually make an impact in the battle against cancer for someone I care about.
Julia Miranda - Julia is one of my oldest friends. We met at 6 and have been through many crazy adventures since. At the start of 2017 Julia wasn't feeling well and went to the doctors to find out why. Through tests they discovered that she had stage IV Thymoma, a rare cancer that affects about 500 people a year. In a few short weeks her life was completely turned around, but she remained strong and ready for the battle. She soldiered on bravely through chemo, an extensive operation to remove the cancers, radiation, and is now on her way back to kicking ass and taking names. Julia is one of the strongest people I know and I'm proud to ride for her.
Cancer doesn't discriminate, it can strike the ones you love at any time and that it's important to pay it forward and raise money so that in the future there can be a cure.
Thank you for your support!