JOIN THE BATTLE. Beat Rare Cancers.
Welcome to our team's page!
The 2018 ride is here! I ride in loving memory of my Dad, my friend, Jen, and so many others who have succumbed to cancer way too soon. My Dad loved music, made it his life's work, and loved any chance to celebrate. Cycle for Survival is a music-filled celebration for those we have lost and those who are fighting. I ride to remember. I ride to celebrate. I ride to find a cure.
Many of you know that Jen Goodman Linn, my friend of more than 26 years, who was also a life celebrator and dancing queen, conceived of what is now known to many as Cycle for Survival. She said she was thinking of doing a fundraiser to thank the doctors and nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) who she felt had saved her life after a recent surgery. Jen had cancer (a form called sarcoma) and the doctors removed a football-sized tumor from her abdomen.
Jen’s idea for a fundraiser was simple. Cycling was something that made her feel good even when the cancer and its subsequent treatment were making her feel awful. She wanted to create a charity event where her friends would ride spinning bikes and raise money for MSKCC to find better treatments for rare types of cancers like hers—which are ALL pediatric cancers; leukemia and lymphoma; brain, pancreatic, ovarian and thyroid cancers; and many others.
Cycle for Survival has become a nationwide event in 16 cities with more than 31,000 participants that has raised $145+ million. Most importantly 100% of every dollar has gone directly to cancer research at MSKCC and has funded more than 100 clinical trials, helping thousands of cancer sufferers.
As I learned through Jen, these so called “rare” cancers touch many lives and include diseases that are all too familiar to us. A cancer diagnosis always brings uncertainty, but the people fighting these diseases face the additional challenge of having limited, if any, treatment options available.
But we’re changing that. My Cycle for Survival team, named in memory of Jen—who unfortunately succumbed to her disease six years ago—but inspired by and in honor of so many others-- is committed to raising money for research, allowing new and better treatments to be discovered.
If you are able, please help us achieve that goal. Your contribution will be put to use in clinical trials and research within 6 months of our February ride.
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