Cycle for Survival returns to Equinox in Coral Gables this Saturday for the fourth year as participants join thousands of others across the country to raise funds for cancer research.
The participants are among the 27,000 riders in 15 cities across the country Since its inception, Cycle for Survival has raised over $83 million for research, and by the time the events end April 1, it is expected that a major milestone will be reached with more than $100 million raised.
At last year’s Miami event, the fitness club in Coral Gables was packed as two shifts of cheering participants, representing Miami, pedaled away on their indoor cycles, pumped up by the live DJ, enthusiastic Equinox fitness leaders and the presence of cancer survivors, most notably Luke Weber. Weber, then 13, has traveled to Miami since the event had begun here three years earlier.
“I’m happy to be here for Cycle for Survival. For someone like me to be alive and be here in Miami is a miracle,” Weber told the group. When he was three years old, Weber diagnosed with rabdomyosarcoma, an exceedingly rare form of cancer that has only a 20 percent chance of survival, according to Leonard Wexler M.D. Weber’s doctor, who is a pediatric oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, (MSKCC), which holds the national fundraising event.
“Let me assure you that your hardworking efforts are appreciated. Luke’s is an exceedingly rare cancer. There are only 100 children with it. There is no way to fund research for 100 cases. But today we have a roomful of people in Miami pedaling away so we can successfully treat these kids,” said Dr. Wexler.
Cycle for Survival is unique in that 100 percent of all the money raised goes within six months to research at MSKCC aimed at finding cures for rare cancers. About 50 percent of all types of cancer are considered “rare” cancers, and they include ovarian, pancreatic, brain, sarcomas (soft tissue cancers), and all cancers occurring in children.
The national fundraiser founded in 2007 by Jennifer Linn Goodman and her husband, David. At the time, Jennifer was undergoing treatment at the cancer center and found that only in her Equinox indoor cycling class did she find the strength and courage to get through the medical treatments she was undergoing, She died in 2011 at the age of 40, but MSKCC, Equinox, the national sponsor, and her supporters have vowed to carry on the event in her memory.
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