Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Join The Battle

December 4, 2013

First it was Black Friday, and then it was Cyber Monday, two days designated to spend money on material things for yourself and others.

But you wouldn’t you give up everything, just to see a loved one regain their health, or come back to life after losing their battle with a debilitating disease? Today, on Giving Tuesday, we humbly request that you help us in our quest to cure rare cancers.

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I am part of a wonderful charity called Cycle for Survival, founded by a friend and former colleague, Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband Dave.

Although Jen lost her personal fight with a rare form of cancer almost 2 years ago, her legacy lives on in the foundation she started to find a cure. Each year, my team and I ride to raise money to support that fight. So far, our efforts have helped fund over 85 clinical trials, helping to increase the lifespan, and quality of life for many cancer sufferers. We have pledged to ride until we no longer have to; a time when no family has to see a loved one suffer from this horrible disease again.

Won’t you join our battle?
Click on the link to Donate.

Please click on the link to see a short video about the event.

Cycle for Survival

We, and all of the people who benefit from this research, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

How to Dance After Losing it All

February 4, 2013

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I have written several times about Jennifer Goodman- Linn, and Cycle for Survival, the charity she co-founded with her husband Dave Linn.

Jen was an inspiration to everyone whose life she touched, whether personally, or through her blog You Fearless, which chronicled her 7 year battle with a rare form of sarcoma that ultimately took her life in 20011. Her strength, honesty and positive outlook endeared her to many.

Her legacy lives on, through the incredible work being done by Cycle for Survival, which has funded 53 life sustaining clinical trials, and has raised over $24 million to fund research at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York City.

After sustaining 7 operations and unfathomable amounts of chemotherapy, Jen’s doctors feared she would not live to see her 40th birthday. Miraculously, she rebounded yet again, and was able to celebrate her milestone surrounded by her friends and family. In true Jen fashion, she posted a video of herself doing a silly “happy to be alive” dance, that touched the hearts of all who viewed it.

Last week, her husband Dave faced his own 40th birthday, and wrote about it for the Huffington Post. He also generously offered to make a donation to Cycle for Survival for each comment his wife’s happy dance video receives.

Take a moment to read Dave’s story, and watch Jen show you how to enjoy the gift of life, one silly dance move at a time.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-linn/cycle-for-survival-cancer_b_2589456.html

If you would like to support my team’ s ride, please click on the link below to donate to Shari’s Spinners. Although I am still recovering from my fractured knee, I am committed to being on the bike March 2, riding at Rockefeller Center for Cycle for Survival.

Why do I cycle? Because   “Nobody beats cancer until we all beat cancer.”

http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR/CycleforSurvival/AG_Cycle_Event?team_id=21582&pg=team&fr_id=1818

Project Snowflake

December 21, 2012

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In January, the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School will be returning to a new facility. Please join me in easing the transition by helping to turn their new building into a winter wonderland.

The Parent Teacher Association of Connecticut is planning on filling the building with homemade snowflakes to welcome them to their new school, and assuage some of the anxiety of returning to school.

It is a small but heartfelt and meaningful gesture that truly embodies the meaning of the season.

If you would like to take a moment to make a paper snowflake, (or 10), please send them to me by January 7, and I will make sure that they get there in time.

Happy Holidays!

Indigo Jones

161 West 15th Street #1C

New York, New York 10011

photo: Glasshouse Images

GIving Tuesday

November 27, 2012

The day after Thanksgiving is thought to be the biggest shopping day of the year. The term “Black Friday” comes from a time when the boost in sales helped businesses move from being in the “red” to being in the “black,” or achieving profitability.

Black Friday is the kick off to holiday shopping. Consumerism runs rampant this time of year, and it is difficult to remember why we are celebrating the holidays in the first place.

Stores opened as early as Thanksgiving Day, setting off a barrage of criticism from workers who wanted, justifiably to spend the time with their families.

Black Friday has spawned other shopping days, such as Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

In an effort to step back and embrace the true meaning of the season, Giving Tuesday has been created to encourage people to give to others in need.

Statistics show that in 2011, the average shopper spent almost $400 on Black Friday, with almost 25% of them hitting the stores by midnight.  What if just a small amount of that money was spent on giving back to their communities?

Today, I ask each of you to think about what you are grateful for, and find a way to express that gratitude by donating time or money to a worthy cause.
As for myself, I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to help me raise money for the treatment of rare cancers through Cycle for Survival.  Each year, I ride in a charity indoor cycling event, which has raised over $18 million dollars for the research and development of treatment protocols to aid those suffering from rare forms of cancer. A friend of mine, Jennifer Goodman Linn, whose 7-year battle with cancer ended just over a year ago, founded it. She was an inspiration to everyone whose life she touched, and her legacy has helped fund over 53 clinical trials at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital.

Please click the link below to donate to my team, Shari’s Spinners to help us find a cure for this devastating disease.

www.cycleforsurval.org

If you are in New York City, and would like to join the team, or would like to form a satellite team in your town, please contact me directly at indigojonesnyc@gmail.com for more information.

I am thankful that I am able to do something I enjoy and truly make a difference in the lives of others. What will you do to give back today?

photo:Glasshouse Images

Give and Give Back

December 23, 2010

Giving to charity is certainly a great way to celebrate the holidays, but even in the best situations, one size doesn’t always fit all.

That’s why we love the Causes Gift Card, which allows the recipient to choose the charity of their choice.

The cards are available in denominations of $25 and $50, and can be purchased through Safeway and Vons stores throughout California.

Gift givers purchase the cards (yes, they are tax deductable too!) and the person receiving it can go on-line to causes.com to select from over 1 million non-profit organizations. The money is then donated through the Network for Good. Causes then sends the cardholder confirmation of their donation.

Causes is currently working towards enabling on-line sales of the cards in the future.

What a perfect way to give and give back at the same time.

Happy Holidays!!

Our favorite charity is www.cycleforsurvival.org, a wonderful organization that gives 100% of all funds to research to cure rare forms of cancer.

photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images

Ride Like A Life Depends On It

January 31, 2010

Today we were part of a life-changing event. We participated in the 4th annual Cycle for Survival, a 4-hour studio cycling event, benefiting the research and treatment of rare cancers through Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center.

Hosted by Equinox Fitness Clubs, over 600 teams gathered to spin their way through the day; sweating, cheering and supporting one another to fight this debilitating disease.

Some rode in memory of a loved one, some rode to celebrate the fact that they could, and some rode to support someone that couldn’t. We all rode as if our lives depended on it, and silently prayed that we would never have to.

Cycle for Survival’s remarkable and intrepid founder, Jennifer Goodman Linn, shared that she recently received the news that her cancer had returned for the 5th time, and would be resuming treatment next week. Her strength and determination is an inspiration to many, and a gift to those who are battling cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with her as she begins her journey again.

Next week the ride resumes in Chicago, and the fund raising continues throughout the month of February.

Thanks to all of our readers who supported this very special cause. Your generosity is helping to save lives and change the face of cancer treatment.

To make a donation log onto: http://www.cycleforsurvival.org

photo courtesy of spencer jones

Give Thanks

November 26, 2009

What better way to give thanks this year, than to help someone in need?
Here are a few suggestions for some of our favorite charities that truly make a difference!

Cycle for Survival:
Founded 3 years ago by marketing executive and 4 time cancer survivor Jennifer Goodman Linn, this organization uses 100% of its donated funds to support research to treat uncommon, or “orphan” cancers. Join a team and take a spin with us at the upcoming studio cycling event January 31, or make a donation in someone’s honor.

Go to www.cycleforsurvival.org and click on our team, “Shari’s Spinners” to join us in battling this deadly disease.

World Wide Orphans Foundation:

“Orphan Doctor” Jane Aronson, a NYC pediatrician, infectious disease and adoption medicine specialist, has taken her expertise and passion for children, and created a foundation to help transform the lives of orphans around the world.

Aronson, one of this year’s “Glamour Women of the Year”, has established programs worldwide to identify the unique needs of orphaned children through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs that are respectful of the cultural norms in each global setting. From AIDS/HIV treatment, to early intervention work, and an introduction to art, music and computers, this foundation provides every aspect of care to help these children become healthy, independent and productive members of their communities. To learn more about the incredible work this group is doing for children worldwide, or to make a donation go to: http://www.wwo.org

Invisible Children/MEND:

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for life.” Such is the philosophy of this organization, which trains women in remote villages in Africa and provides them with work.  New York designer, and photographer Marie Havens designs simple, yet fashionable bags and travels to Northern Uganda to help rehabilitate former child soldiers by providing them with training, giving them jobs sewing the bags and helping them start their own businesses. Each bag has the name of the seamstress who made it, and there is a profile of her online. Proceeds from the bags fund future projects, and mentoring services. What better way to “pay it forward” than to give a MEND bag for a gift? store.invisiblechildren.com/mend/

We are inspired by these incredible women, whose efforts are helping to make the world a better place. Why not join them this holiday season and give the gift of a better life to thousands of people who need our help to survive?

Please share this post with others you know, in hopes that we can all do our part to change the world, one life at a time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

photo: Glasshouse Images


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