JOIN THE BATTLE. Beat Rare Cancers.
Cypher For Survival
(Formerly known as Team Momma Mon)
We're hosting a BOXING FOR SURVIVAL fundraiser class on Sunday February 25th at Shadowbox in Dumbo taught by our very own Joey Kim! 100% of ticket sales will be used to benefit rare cancer research & treatments and you can reserve them here:
Cypher For Survival was started in October of 2015 under the previous name "Team Momma Mon" by Derek Mon and his friends. During that time, Derek's mother, Lisa was a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and fought with a rare strand of uterine sarcoma. When she was diagnosed in December 2014, she already was at Stage IV of the disease as tumors had spread from her uterus to her lungs and brain. She was given less than a year to live. Through many trials of unsuccessful attempts with radiation therapy and little to no survival rate from surgery or chemotherapy, Lisa was left with no options but to seek hospice care until her last day in December 2015. During her battle, Derek left his job with AT&T at a leadership development program in Atlanta Georgia and came home in New York to care take for Lisa alongside with his father Allen and his two sisters Melissa and Tiffany. The entire Mon family seeked many different alternative medicines such as heat therapy, clinical trials, acupuncture, dietary change and more, but were unsuccessful in finding a cure powerful enough to reverse the effects of her stage IV cancer.
Lisa was a loving mother, a strong community leader and an successful entrepreneur. After immigrating to New York with her family from Hong Kong, Lisa married Allen and began to build their luxury watch & jewelry business in downtown Flushing, New York. Many knew Lisa as the owner, the big boss and a loyal friend. As a mother, Lisa raised three children Melissa, Tiffany & Derek who all work within the family business to continue the legacy of Lisa & their father Allen. Lisa was a sweet heart and always loved to give more than she received, such as the times when she was given little to no hope from doctors she was adamant for our family to send flowers and holiday gifts to the doctors for trying their best. Despite her condition getting worse, she found reasons to smile everyday and enjoyed the simple things in life such as time with family, drinking coffee and talking with her sisters. After her passing, the Mon family grieved heavily and the family dedicated their time and energy to giving back to the community through Cycle For Survival and hopefully change the outcomes of other patients and families who are struggling with rare cancers.
In the beginning of 2017 the name "Team Momma Mon" was changed to "Cypher For Survival" or simply "Cypher" (for short). This was a decision made by the team as the story began to inspire others who were affected or had someone close affected to take action and to Join the Battle. The word "Cypher" is a Hip-Hop rap or dance term to represent a circle where artists share their talents and battle against each other. Derek and his friends performed street and break dancing styles at Times Square Takeover 2016 and 2017 as well as on CBS New York to promote Cycle For Survival's mission to Beat Rare Cancers with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Equinox. The Cypher itself is metaphorical to represent the coming together each with our own voice(s) to battle cancer (without necessarily having to be a dancer).
Thank you so much for reading our story. Please share our story or leave a donation if you are inspired. If you are looking to start your own team too, please check out the home page of CycleForSurvival.org
Welcome to our team's page!
We are raising money for Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers.
Will you help us surpass our fundraising goal?
Rare cancer research is underfunded, but we can change that. While we can’t all be doctors or researchers, we can raise the money that makes their lifesaving work possible. Cycle for Survival supporters have funded over one hundred clinical trials and studies, leading to new discoveries that are helping patients today.
But there is still more work to be done.
100% of every dollar you give funds pioneering research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the events.
About 50% of all people diagnosed with cancer are battling a rare cancer. Too many people are touched by this disease, and yet many with rare cancers don’t have a proven, if any, treatment plan—that’s unacceptable.
Help us: Join our team or make a donation today. Your efforts will fight cancer and make a real impact.
Thank you in advance for your support! Together, we can bring new and better treatments to patients worldwide.
JOIN THE BATTLE. GIVE TODAY TO BEAT RARE CANCERS.
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