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I am riding in honor of my beloved wife Joanne Mayes Wilson. She is also known as JoJo, Mom and Grammy. She died July 20, 2017 from complications of liposarcoma. She and her team of incredibly talented and compassionate MSK physicians battled her nemesis for ten years with amazing courage and perseverance.
Joanne truly loved life and her love of life was infectious--she is deeply missed by her family and friends.
With her wonderful sense of humor and magnetic personality, she had an enduring ability to enrich the lives of those fortunate enough to know her. No matter how badly she may have felt through her battle with cancer, she always found a way to get the attention away from her and to make those around her feel happy and special.
When she was dying, she had only two major requests:
First, she asked that we continue to fund the uniquely talented physicians and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering through JoJo’s Mojo, our Cycle for Survival team named in her honor. Initially, the team name JoJo’s Mojo was all about her family and friends who rallied around her to support her in her battle and help MSK find new treatments and cures for liposarcoma and other rare cancers.
This is JoJo’s Mojo’s sixth year with Cycle for Survival. Together our team has raised over $250,000.00 to fund the brilliant scientists of MSK. We have not lost our desire and energy to fulfil Joanne’s first wish—to Beat Rare Cancer in her memory because WE ARE JOJO’s MOJO!!
Her second dying wish was spoken only to my son Seth, my daughter Abbie and to me when the three of us were by her side. She said:
“You keep telling me that I am incredibly strong. I don’t know that I am so strong but it’s time for me to givewhatever unique strength that I have over to the three of you. And you better use it!!....You must carry on for eachother, for our family and our friends. You can do this with this strength that I have now given to you."
So now, JoJo’s Mojo has a taken on a double meaning for us. It’s not only our fabulous Cycle for Survival team of family and friends…JoJo’s Mojo is also the strength and courage that she bestowed upon us to go on and live our lives to their fullest as she did but without her. Her family and friends feel her Mojo every day. She’s always with us.
In one of her last moments that she spent alone with me, she told me she will always be on my shoulder. She said we have got a lot to see together. So, know that you are taking me with you wherever you go.
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.
Dave (Captain MoJo)