On March 1, 2014 I’ll be participating in Cycle for Survival at Equinox in Roslyn. It’s a fund raiser for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and 100% of the donations go to rare cancer research. So far $31.5 million dollars has been raised since 2007.
The event is (4) 45 minute sessions on a spin bike and to say it’s intense is an understatement.
I ride 4 Sue.
I’ve known Sue since 1973. January of 2011 she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (Brain Cancer) and had surgery to remove the tumor. Three months later it grew back so it was removed again. There is no cure for this type of brain cancer and the median survival rate is 15 months. Well, after radiation and chemo she has had no regrowth and is in the 1% that has survived this long.
Unfortunately in August of 2013 they found a lump in her breast and after a biopsy, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She had a double mastectomy a few weeks later underwent chemo again.
The good news is the breast cancer has been cured, but the brain cancer will never be. It will grow back.
I ride for future generations.
There is no miracle cure for Sue, but the money raised will fund research that will help the next generation.
If you can make a donation please go to www.iride4sue.org. You will be sent to our team’s web page on MSKCC’s website. Scroll down and click on my name to get to my personal page. No donation is too small, those $1 and $5 donation do add up. Your donation is secure since it’s handled by MSKCC’s site… I see nothing other than a donation was made.
Join the Battle and help find a cure for rare cancers so there won’t be any more stories like Sue’s.
What an amazing event. The energy and positive vibe fills the room.
The survivor stories really make you think how strong people are. But the kids stories bring a lot of strong emotions to the surface and just makes you want to try to raise more donations next year.
Sue was invited to ride the "Founder's" Bike. We knew she'd have to take it easy and guessed she'd ride it for 5-10 minutes.... WRONG, she rode it for the entire 45 minute session.
Here's some numbers, I raised, with thanks to you, almost $4000. Team Gray Matter raised over $2,000. Cycle for Survival has grown to 13 cities and this year has raised $19,476,731 and $50,600,000 since it started in 2007. 100% of the funds raised go directly to research for rare cancers and have funded 85 clinical trials and research studies.
YOU made a difference and I hope I can count on you next year and the year after that until there's no longer a reason for this event.
Sue rode the "Founder's" bike for the entire 45 minute session.