JOIN THE BATTLE. GIVE TO BEAT RARE CANCERS.
Cycle Gives Each Of Us The Power To Truly Make A Difference.
Cycle for Survival is the national, indoor relay-style team cycling event that has raised over $34 million to date in support of lifesaving research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC. Since it's start in 2007, Cycle has directly funded over 100 clinical trials and research studies at MSKCC and raised over $140 million. Our good friend Alyssa received her treatments here at MSKCC. This event was started by another amazing woman, Jennifer Goodman Linn in 2007. In this event, each team is assigned spin bikes for a duration of 4 hours. During the 4 hours, each team member must ride an allocated time. Each team must raise a min. of $2,000, which we typically shatter within 24 hours of registering :)
Why Do I Cycle?
As most of you know, one of my good friends Alyssa Acquafredda was diagnosed in March 2009 with a rare cancer called AngioSarcoma. This diagnosis came out of left field as we had just recently graduated from College and began to embark on our new lives; cancer should not have been in the cards for a 23-year-old. Alyssa was a special education teacher and working on obtaining her Master’s Degree. After the diagnosis, Alyssa had several surgeries including open-heart surgery and back surgery, both to remove growing tumors. Alyssa again received yet another surgery in the summer of 2010 and was given a new course of treatment; that treatment was funded by the money you donated to our 2009 Cycle for Survival event and we honestly couldn’t have thanked you more.
Throughout those 2 years, there were several ups and downs since her diagnosis but she always let her strength bounce her back. It’s not the same cycling without our Hero by our side, but we know she is always there with us in spirit cherring us on with her tiara and yellow pom poms. Alyssa passed away on the morning of Wednesday March 23, 2011 after a strong and courageous battle. She was an amazing individual who amazed me every day with her courage, faith, strength and determination. Through out everything, Alyssa NEVER gave up hope.. proven by her two last Facebook posts..
March 3rd - "Bad things are like waves. They're going to happen to you, and there's nothing you can do about it. They're part of life, like waves are a part of the ocean. If you're standing on the shoreline, you don't know when the waves are coming. But they'll come. You gotta make sure you get back to the surface, after every wave."
March 1st - “Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.”
For the past few years our team has been a National Cycle team, as we now ride in several different cities, growing larger with each passing year.
How You Can Help.
You can help by making a gift to our team, Mission Cure Possible, your support will help fund new research and new treatments that bring hope to people affected by rare cancers everywhere. Any donation you can fund will be greatly appreciated and will bring us that much closer to finding a cure. Although we can not help Alyssa, she would want us to continue to fight for those still affected and those yet to be; who are we kidding, Lyss would KILL us if we did not go big in her honor. The difference between the impossible and the possible, lies in your determination.
As we've come to learn, sometimes life happens, and that's okay. We are infinitely better for knowing her and will try to incorporate her unique ability to shine into every moment of our lives and in that way, we hope to honor her. And as we fight, we will always know that Alyssa has her fingerprints all over the dagger that we're lodging into the heart of this beast. You'll always be our hero Lyss, we promise to continue to Fight Yellow. Rest easy Beautiful, I love you always♥
Say it. Fight it. Cure it.
I can't thank you enough for your support!