JOIN THE BATTLE. GIVE TO BEAT RARE CANCERS.
September 15, 2017
One year ago today, I registered for my first Cycle For Survival event without ever having done a cycling class. I had spent hours looking up events that fundraise specifically for angiosarcoma, a relatively rare type of cancer and the diagnosis given to my godmother just a few years prior. I found Cycle For Survival, which would allocate 100% of all money raised to rare cancer research. At the time, I had no idea that in just two months, my grandfather would be diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, an also rare type of cancer originating in the bile ducts. I watched him fight for his life with the same unwavering stamina and mental fortitude as my godmother. He lost his battle on May 19, 2017.
Last year, I signed up for this event expecting to spin by myself for 4 straight hours and go home with a very sore backside. That didn't happen. Our team grew and so did the number of people to whom we were dedicating our ride. As an added bonus, we had the opportunity to watch George spin to the song "Man, I feel like a Woman." That was a treat.
This year, my motivation for doing this event has more than doubled. This time around, I ride in memory of both my godmother and my grandpa. I ride for those who wake up every single day with their diagnosis and the uncertainty of their tomorrows, for the survivors, for the future fighters, for the caretakers, and for the loved ones. I ride to raise funds for all rare cancer research, especially angiosarcoma, cholangiocarcinoma, ovarian cancer, melanoma, and multiple myeloma. The $34 million raised last year alone funded research in every single one of those indications, among many, many more.
So a huge thank you to those who donated and shared this page last year, as well as to those who will do likewise this year. You have no idea how much I appreciate your support and generosity.
If you're interested in joining the team, please reach out to me directly for details. We'll make sure George is riding during the most girly song again.
Year two, let's do this.