Keep the Wheels Turning

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In December 2004, Jennifer Goodman Linn was diagnosed with MFH Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects less than 1% of all patients.

Jen has since endured 4 surgeries, and over 30 months of chemotherapy, all while maintaining her role as a senior level marketing executive, and avid studio cyclist.

While undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Hospital, Jen vowed to find a way to express her gratitude, and help others who were battling obscure, or “orphan” cancers like herself.
During treatment, Jen discovered the empowerment that her indoor cycling classes provided. She credits the ritual of pushing herself physically to the best of her ability with helping to save her life.

In 2007, Jen and her husband Dave founded Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling fundraiser envisioned to “reward, and challenge the mind, body and soul.” Anyone that has participated in this event can attest to its success, both financially and inspirationally.

Anyone who has met Jen, can attest to her drive and enthusiasm that seems to be unwavering.  When I met her several years ago, she immediately confided that she “had cancer, wore a wig and went for chemo every Friday afternoon”. She just put it out there, and moved on. I have never ceased to marvel at her resolve, optimism and ability to make things happen, despite the obstacles her illness has thrown her way. Being part of last years Cycle for Survival literally left me in awe.

Someone once suggested, that we should reframe what happens in our lives. Instead of asking, “why is this happening TO me?”, we should ask” why is this happening FOR me?”

Jen truly embodies that spirit and has taken her personal tragedy and turned it into a triumph.

Last year, the event, raised $1.2 million, all of which went to Memorial Sloan- Kettering for the research and treatment of rare orphan cancers.

This year, the event has expanded to 2 locations in New York, and another in Chicago. The New York events will take place on Sunday, January 31, at Equinox locations in midtown.

“The fact that this event has directly benefited patients motivates me to keep going.” Jen said. “We’ve gained momentum, and we have already changed the way we’re fighting this illness. I have great hope that this will ultimately lead to more treatment breakthroughs and higher survival rates for those with rare cancers, so that more of us will live to tell our unique tales.”

To join the ride, or donate to the cause, please go to http://www.CycleforSurvial.org, and click on my team, ”Shari’s Spinners”. Please help us keep the wheels of progress turning to fight this deadly disease.

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