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Cycle for Survival

February 8, 2012

This weekend, we will be riding in Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling event to raise money for research and the development of new drug therapies to treat rare cancers.

Last July, Cycle’s founder, Jennifer Goodman Linn, lost her 7-year battle with a rare form of sarcoma.  Her energy and passion was infectious, and she accomplished more in her 40 years, than most of us do in our lifetimes. A Harvard business school graduate and marketing executive, Jen channeled her expertise into creating the fastest growing privately founded non-profit organization in the country. Her unique business model allows Cycle for Survival to funnel 100% of all of its proceeds into research at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, where she was treated.

In the wake of Susan G. Komen’s political decision to withdraw their funding to Planned Parenthood, and their equally political reversal of that decision, we are especially proud to support an organization whose heart and soul is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

Cycle for Survival has funded over 27 clinical trials to date, some of which have already extended the lives of cancer sufferers.

Won’t you join us in keeping the wheels of Jen’s legacy spinning, and make a 100% tax-deductible donation to this incredible cause?

To donate, click on the link below:

Cycle for Survival / Shari’s Spinners

UPDATE: We have crossed the $10,000 mark! Let’s keep the momentum going!

Fearless Tour

August 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, I lost a friend to a devastating disease. You may have read about her on this blog, the fearless fighter of cancer and founder of Cycle for Survival, a team studio cycling event that has raised over $9 million for the research and treatment of rare cancers.

Jen was special to so many, due to her undying optimism, and attempt to face her fears and focus on living life to the fullest. She was an inspiration to so many that knew her personally, and those that knew her only from her blog You Fearless“.

She loved cycling, and celebrated her successes, both big and small with a happy dances that she shared via video.

In honor of her extraordinary life, Kevin Garcia, of Lead Dog Marketing has embarked on the Fearless Tour, a 600 mile ride across California. Every day they stop and plant a flag with an inspirational quote from Jen, and film a happy dance.

Please take a moment to check out their Facebook page. For every “like“ they recieve, they will donate $1 to Cycle for Survival.

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 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, a wonderful organization that gives 100% of all funds to research to cure rare forms of cancer.

photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images

The New Green Machines

November 7, 2010

I have often wondered why health clubs don’t harness the energy produced on its cardio equipment to power the gym.

Enter Green Revolution, a company that has created the technology to convert this energy to clean electricity, without increasing our greenhouse gas levels.

According to the company, the amount of energy produced during an average group cycling class, depending on the intensity and speed of the cyclers, can produce about 3 kilowatts of energy. With only 20 bikes and 4 classes a day, they can produce enough energy to light a home for 6 months!

The energy created is connected to the electrical grid with a grid-tied inverter, which places the energy back on the grid to be used in lieu of fossil fuels.

Currently, the Green Revolution technology is only available for stationary bikes. However, it has been successfully tested on other cardio equipment, and will be made available soon for elliptical, recumbent bikes and stair stepping machines.

Want to know how else your spinning class can change the world? Log onto and become a supporter of Shari’s Spinners.

photo: glasshouse images

Energize Me!

July 7, 2010

I have written about Jen and her wonderful organization “Cycle for Survival” several times on this blog.  Recently, she has been honored as one of the finalists in the “Energizer Hall of Fame”. A six time survivor of a rare form of cancer, Jen is currently waging yet another battle. Throughout her fight she has shown immense courage and fortitude that puts that Energizer Bunny to shame! Please take a moment to cast your vote for Jen. The winner gets a donation to the charity of their choice.

Please click on the link to view a video from Jen and cast your vote! Energizer Hall of Fame.

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:

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 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:

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?

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

Keep the Wheels Turning

November 8, 2009

Bicycle Wheel Silhouette

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, and click on my team, ”Shari’s Spinners”. Please help us keep the wheels of progress turning to fight this deadly disease.

Photo: Glasshouse Images

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