It’s Rally Week at Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling event that raises money for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Now in its seventh year, Cycle for Survival hopes 2014 is its most successful year yet.
According to Cycle for Survival, rare cancer research is often drastically underfunded. In general, there are fewer treatment options for patients with rare cancers because funding for drug development often lags behind more commercially viable therapies. Rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, thyroid and stomach cancers; leukemia and lymphoma; and all pediatric cancers.
Jennifer Goodman Linn (who was first diagnosed with sarcoma in 2004, passed away in 2011) and her husband David co-founded Cycle for Survival in 2007 at Equinox, which is a founding partner. It became an official Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center event in 2009. Over the past seven years, the organization has raised more than $34.5 million for rare cancer research and contributed to 85 clinical trials and research studies. Cycle for Survival is the only event dedicated to raising money solely for rare cancer research.
After raising $14 million and expanding to 10 cities in 2013, Cycle for Survival set up 100 stationary bikes in Times Square where Equinox instructors led four classes throughout the day to kick off the start of its 2014 season.
Click here to find an event in your area. You can start your own team, join an existing one, or go “Extreme,” which means you ride a four-hour shift and commit to raising a minimum of $4,000. Still need a reason to particpate? Watch this video:
Not interested in cycling but still want to help? Make a donation here.