JOIN THE BATTLE. Beat Rare Cancers.
This year – Team Lisa will be riding on four bikes and will be honoring four amazing women who have inspired me and everyone in their lives. Please join me in supporting their fight against cancer and help me raise awareness to a cause that is truly special.
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Lisa has been in my life for as long as I can remember. As a long-time friend and colleague of my mother's, Lisa always lovingly had her door open for me for anything I needed. Lisa has helped me through college and has developed my own personal interests in what I truly want to pursue. After graduation, Lisa spoke with me about my own goals and if it weren't for that conversation I would have never pursued working at MSK and I wouldn't have had the pleasure of meeting the bravest individuals I have ever met. Of all the lessons Lisa has taught me, the most important one was my own identification of a proud Latino male. I will always be grateful for the time and love Lisa has given me, and I dedicate my goal in her name.
At the end of last year, Lisa was diagnosed with Pancreas Cancer. I remember the day she came in to MSK because that was the very first day I took over the clinic of Dr. Reidy, the same doctor she would now be seeing for the very first time. Immediately I became a believer of fate and I remember Lisa telling me this was a "very good sign" that our paths should cross in this manner. Over the last few months I have witnessed Lisa fight a tremendous battle and I am so proud of the way she stays positive through it all. She will always have a smile on her face and will always put others before her. It amazes me each time I see her that she still takes the time to ask me how I am feeling. Lisa has taught me that life should never be taken for granted, and to not let little things affect the bigger picture. She has inspired me to become a better person, and to want to be someone special.
Lisa, you are an amazing, loving, and caring woman who has touched so many hearts and minds. It is my goal to bring together everyone who stands with you and your fight against cancer. We love you Lisa, we are here with you, and we will fight with you.
This ride is for you.
The first time I met Jennifer, I knew we would become great friends. She is one of the sweetest women I know and I’m so happy I have grown such a loving relationship with her and her family. Jennifer is the type of person to never complain about anything, and even in pain, will find a way to make you smile. Each time I speak with her she always makes it a point to speak about the important things in my life and will always ask for updates on what is new. She amazes me with her perseverance and her positive attitude throughout her battle with cancer. One of the most memorable things she has told me was “I have cancer, cancer doesn’t have me.”
In 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. For the last two years I have witnessed Jennifer come in and out of treatment and will always make contact with me to see if I will be around. Along with her husband Dwight and daughter Danica, I can truly say they are my friends, and I always find comfort in their presence. To be able to share a bond with a patient is a wonderful thing, and I want to show Jennifer just how much she means to me. On March 11th, Jennifer will be joining us for her fight against cancer and will always be celebrating her birthday!
Jennifer, from everyone here at 53rd street: we love you and we will always have your back.
This ride is for you.
The first time I met Corazon, I was bringing patients in and out of the lab. I remember calling out her name, and telling her that I loved it! From then on I would always see her in the waiting room and would often sit down and talk with her about her family and life. I always admired how patient Corazon was, she always seemed to have to be waiting long for her treatment and she would never complain. I could see it in her face that she was tired and wanted to be home but she would never complain to us because that is the type of person that she is. Corazon is a selfless, sweet woman who really has inspired me to take the time to have real conversations. I think about her every time I meet someone new because I want to be able to develop a relationship with them like the one I have with her.
In 2015, Corazon was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Around the time that I met her, she was just finishing up her last cycle of treatment and then she would be done. On my birthday she made me a delicious cake and cupcakes that I shared lovingly with my colleagues and I was so happy to see her with such a positive outlook. I hugged her on her last day of treatment and was so proud of what she had accomplished. A few months later, Corazon’s cancer recurred and she would have to return to treatment. I remember feeling heartbroken that day because of how much progress she made. I remember going to see her that day unsure of what to say but when I saw her she smiled and in that moment I knew, she was fighter.
Corazon, you will always be apart of my family and I look forward to the day that you beat this again.
This ride is for you.
Grace is one of the youngest patients I have had the pleasure of meeting, and one of the fiercest. I remember the first time I met Grace I could not believe she was battling cancer. You can’t tell from her warm smile and positive attitude. I’ve always admired how un-phased she is and I’ve appreciated how she wants to do so much more with her life. Grace has inspired me to be grateful for the things that I have but to also be more considerate when meeting someone new.
In 2013, Grace was diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma. At the time of her resection Grace was only 18 years old. I always look forward to seeing Grace because she reminds me that cancer does not discriminate, but you should never let it stop you from doing anything in life. I am so proud of what she has been able to accomplish and everyone who has gotten to know Grace knows just how special she really is.
Grace, thank you for being an inspiration to so many people and thank you for never failing to put a smile on.
This ride is for you.
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