Earlier this week, Cycle for Survival, announced they had hit an incredible fundraising milestone… $100 million dollars! Cycle for Survival is an indoor cycling event that has become a national movement. Hosted by Equinox, in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, it was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Goodman Linn — a Memorial Sloan Kettering patient and Equinox member — with her husband, Dave, following Jen’s own rare cancer diagnosis. They wanted to do something to fight back. Despite losing her battle with cancer in 2011, Jen continues to inspire to this day.
From the $250,000 raised in its first year, to over $29 million already in 2016, now in its 10th year, Cycle for Survival has distinguished itself as the fastest-growing athletic fundraising event. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to fund research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for rare cancers that include brain, pancreatic, ovarian, stomach, all types of pediatric cancers, and many others. These account for approximately half of all cancer diagnoses, and are often underfunded. Doctors and researchers who have received Cycle for Survival funding credit these resources for making groundbreaking discoveries possible. I am proud to say as a member of Stacey’s Crew, with just our two bikes we raised $15,667!
STACEY’S CREW: SOULCYCLE’S STACEY GRIFFITH & YOUR EDITOR, CLAUDIA LEBENTHAL
The Cycle for Survival rides take place at Equinox locations in over 15 cities across the country, with multiple rides in each. This year more than 27,000 riders will participate as members of self-formed teams that take 4 consecutive 50-minute spin classes, seeking donations in support for this cycling marathon. There are national teams as well, with riders participating in more than just one event. To look at the leaderboard of fundraising totals for these National Teams is pretty inspiring in itself… $444,492 for Team Perry, $300,734 for Team Ginger Strong, and $280,385 for JP Morgan Chase, just to name a few.
So besides seeking to inform, this post is seeking donations for our team or any other that might inspire you to give. $10, $25, $50, $100 or more… as I always say, there is no such thing as a small donation. Just give something… what you’d spend on a latte, bottle of wine, or nice dinner with friends. Or give a whole lot! You’ll feel good and won’t have to ride a bike for almost 4 hours!