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Kaley Karaffa

Team Name:  Team Elevate
Years Participated: Eighth Year

Location:   Seattle, WA:

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$1,150 Fundraising total
$1,150 Fundraising total
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Kaley Karaffa
The Causey Family
Jeff Hendriksen
Brendan & Michelle


As a rare cancer survivor, this cause and this organization are personal to me. I started riding in 2012 when my only connection to rare cancers was because my great grandfather died of leukemia. In 2014, I went from being a perfectly healthy 27 year old to being diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma the day after I turned 28. Fearful that I wouldn't live to see my 29th birthday, I searched far and wide to find a way to beat my aggressive cancer. I reached out to a dear friend who connected me with someone at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Through this contact, I was introduced to the head of UNC Lineberger where I ended up participating in a clinical trial that saved my life and prevented me from enduring some of the horrible and toxic effects of traditional chemotherapy regimens.

Although I missed my 2015 Cycle for Survival ride, because I was undergoing chemotherapy, I came back to ride in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 with numerous reasons to ride and a true gratefulness to be alive. One of my biggest struggles since being declared "no evidence of disease" in mid-2015 was becoming to accept that I am no longer a rare cancer patient but instead a cancer survivor. With each day that I remain in remission and reflect upon my battle with cancer, I have come to understand that every since the day I was diagnosed and through every day since, I have been a cancer fighter.

Cycle for Survival ignites the cancer fighter spirit in me and gives me another way to fight to save others from rare cancers. Cycle for Survival raises awareness of rare cancers and funds that go directly to life saving research. It is only through awareness and funding that others will be saved from these horrible diseases that impact and take so many lives each year. I humbly ask that you join me as a cancer fighter by donating to my rides for Cycle for Survival.

The impact of Cycle for Survival is tremendous. Your gift can give people with rare cancers a better future through new and improved treatments. Since 2007, Cycle for Survival supporters have provided resources to hundreds of doctors and scientists to pursue bold ideas that have led to the FDA approval of new drugs, lifesaving clinical trials, and four state-of-the-art DNA sequencers that are aiding in key cancer discoveries.

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
Did you know that, when combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer? These are cancers you’ve likely heard of — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers.

100% of Your Donation Supports Research
Every dollar you give funds innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients everywhere.

6 Months for Fast Impact
Rare cancer research is underfunded, and too often people don’t have proven treatments. Time matters. Your gift will be in the hands of researchers six months after fundraising ends and, as a donor, you will learn about the projects supported.

Thank you!


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