As you all know, I am a real ocean girl. However, the one thing I love more than the ocean is the sun…and you can never have too much of it in the desert. I have always loved Arizona and view it as a place of real healing. The dry air always makes me feel so much better.
It’s ironic that right after I had the privilege of celebrating the gift of life and turning 40, my dear friend lost her battle at the way-too-young age of 25.
Alyssa and I met through my doctor at 2010’s Cycle for Survival. My doctor who rarely gets effusive about anything said to me, “You must meet an extremely special person.” That was the understatement of the year.
I am the happiest person in the world to be turning 40!
A few months ago, I wouldn’t have believed you if you said I would be alive for this milestone (neither would my doctors!). I am extremely blessed and grateful to be alive for this momentous occasion!
When I was very ill a few months ago I spent a lot of time engaged in visualization exercises. For those of you who aren’t familiar with visualization, it is a practice that encourages you to form mental images that relax and motivate you.
Research has shown that the same neuro-pathways in the brain are as activated when you vividly imagine experiencing something as when you actually do it. Using your mind to create an image of what you want creates a strong impression on the brain and helps improve performance and get results.
Dave and I decided to take a spur of the moment trip for a few days to Turks and Caicos to celebrate the success of Cycle for Survival, my 40th birthday and my improved health status. I am so excited for this trip given that there were a few months in late 2010 that I really thought I wouldn't live to see the beach again. I have no doubt that seeing the beautiful waters of the Caribbean will be very cathartic and healing for both of us. I am beyond grateful for all that I have been given. I will write when we return.
Dave and I just returned from the inaugural San Francisco event and it was fantastic! Over 200 riders showed up for the cause and they raised as much as year I New York City did 4 years ago - truly amazing! The Equinox downtown location is the old stock exchange building and it was such a beautiful space. Everyone from the Equinox managers, instructors and participants put their "all" into the event and it showed. It is amazingly rewarding to see that a city 2500 miles away from the original birth place of Cycle for Survival could show as much passion for the cause as they did. We can't wait to make 2012 bigger and better!
Hi everyone, I apologize for not writing in a bit. The good news is that I have been busy getting my life back in order. I am so thrilled to feel good these days.
Cycle for Survival continues to be busy in the most wonderful of ways. Dave and I are headed to San Francisco with the team this coming weekend to enjoy the inaugural San Fran event.
We are also busy already planning for 2012. Hold onto your hats because the event promises to be bigger and better!
Wow is all I can say! Dave and I are still recovering from this amazing past weekend. Long Island and NYC Cycle for Survival events exceeded all expectations. The energy was unparalleled and we presented a check for $4.2MM to the doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center…a full $2MM more than last year’s amount.
It's amazing! As of this minute (it literally changes EVERY minute), we have raised $4.0MM!! It's not too late to donate at cycleforsurvival.org
Seth Meyers, the head writer of Saturday Night Live, and I were on Rachael Ray today promoting the event and it was a lot of fun. Here's a fun clip that Seth and I filmed "behind the scenes" at the show along with the actual segment. http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/blogs/categories/backstage-pass/
Dave and I just got home from the 2nd annual Cycle for Survival in Chicago and it surpassed all expectations!
The energy and inspiration in the room was palpable! A sincere thank you to the fantastic MSKCC and Equinox Teams who worked so hard to make the event a success . And a shout out to Lead Dog, our fantastic event agency responsible for making things run so smoothly.
I always say to people, it's hard to explain the magic of the day...you just have to come and see it and you will be sold! So, rather than talk a lot about it, I thought I would explain in pictures and videos.