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YEAR TWO AND MORE EXCITED THAN EVER -- This year's goal is $10,000 all in honor of my dad -- Bill Schmalz.
Since June 5, 2017, my life has forever changed. I lost my dad to Stage IV Esophageal Cancer. Never in my life did I think that I would lose such an important man in my life, at the age of 23. He was my father, one of my best friends, my coach and most importantly my hero. Even during his illness, he was thinking of others. Even if his treatments and trials could not help himself, he was hopeful that they would at least help someone else down the line. He was the most selfless guy and I am so proud to have him as my dad.
I can't explain what it is like to lose someone to cancer-- other than it sucks. This terrible disease has taken so many lives, from not only my family, but so many more. Shortly after my dad was diagnosed in 2016, we were introduced to Cycle for Survival. Let me tell you, our lives were instantly changed. We finally felt a sense of hope and like we were doing something to help. When a family member is ill, there is not much you can do other than give them all the support and love in the world. For my mom and I, that wasn't enough and we wanted to do something more. Something bigger than that. We put together a team and came up with the name "Bill's Biker Brigade" which seemed appropriate since my dad always loved his Harley. We didn't know what to expect when we arrived at The Equinox for the very first time, but soon enough we were all in. There is nothing like being surrounded by people who are all riding for either themself or someone near and dear to their heart. The day was full of laughter, tears, sweat and so much more. It was a day I will forever remember and hope to continue for many years to come.
I’m raising money for rare cancer research with Cycle for Survival. Join me in this fight by making a donation. It's something we can all do to make a difference for those battling cancer. Help me make a difference so that one day, no person will have to lose a loved one to cancer!!
Here’s how your gift will make an impact:
50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
When combined, rare cancers make up approximately half of patients fighting cancer. Rare cancers—such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, pancreatic, and pediatric cancers—are diseases we all know. These patients often face little to no treatment options because rare cancer research is underfunded.
100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK
Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. Every dollar you give will advance innovative research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering. This work has the power to revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated worldwide.
6 Months for Fast Impact
Your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. There’s no time to waste: with your help, new discoveries will be made each year.
Thank you for your support!