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Cancer hasn't touched my life. Touched simply isn't the right word for something that has brought so much pain and loss in its wake. Cancer, in my experience, doesn't touch. It slaps, it kicks ever harder as its target writhes in pain, it stabs and twists the knife, it draws out pain for its targets and everyone who loves them.
Cancer has affected me in too many ways for me to be only twenty-three years old. At the age of three, I had my first major loss in life- cancer stole my grandpa away from me. In elementary school, my aunt died after a long battle with many different types of cancer. In middle school, my grandmother, my all-time hero and role model, was diagnosed with cancer and vigorously lived with it until I was a sophomore in college. My boyfriend has been cancer-free for several years now, and I thank my lucky stars every day that he's here with me.
Those who know me, know that I talk a lot about my grandmother and how much she inspires me. In other fundraisers, I have told the story of how my grandmother's courage and absolute refusal to let her diagnosis dictate how she was going to spend her life were the primary reasons for my participation.
I want to expand on that. My grandmother has always been my hero, but cancer has hurt me in more ways than one.
I ride for my grandpa, whom I never really got to know. My strongest memories are of a man lying still and pallid and quiet on the couch- an unfair legacy for a formerly vibrant and outgoing parent, teacher, and coach who loved life and his family. I ride for Aunt Margie, who encouraged in me a love of all things cultured and full of fun. I ride for my grandmother, who lived more fully than anyone I have ever known and remains my hero still. I will always be grateful for the time I spent with her as I grew into adulthood. Less than a year before she died, we were driving across the country together, which remains one of my most treasured memories and gives a sense of how little she let cancer dictate how she would live her life. I ride for Fez, because he constantly reminds me that life is going to happen whether I'm ready for it or not, so I might as well face it head on, laughing and holding his hand. I ride for all of my heroes, and all of yours, too.
Please consider making a donation in honor of all the role models who have gone too soon, and for those who are still with us. Here's to beating cancer for good.
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, from the bottom of my heart, for your support!