Dave Linn appeared on CBS News in New York this morning to talk about Cycle for Survival. As we all work to expand our teams, reach out to new participants and fundraise for Cycle for Survival, there is probably no better explanation of why we all do it than Dave's comments today. As you watch the segment, it is so apparent how much Jen touched the reporter and the CBS News team over the years they have covered her story. You can find the link here and the text version follows below....
I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the video - it's a wonderful reminder of why we are all so committed to Cycle for Survival. Huge congrats to Dave on a great appearance this morning to shine a light on the incredible organization that he and Jen created and the continued, perhaps even amplified, importance of its mission.
-Janet, on behalf of YouFearless.com
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — For the past several years, “Cycle For Awareness” has been raising money and awareness for rare forms of cancer, like the one that founder Jennifer Goodman-Linn had been battling. This summer, Jen lost a brave, 7-year battle, but her grace and courage remained an inspiration.
“I’ll never forget it, the radiologist said to me, are you aware that you have a tumor the size of a football in your stomach?” Jen told CBS 2 in an interview before she passed away.
In 2004, Jen was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Regular trips to the gym to ride an exercise bike became a regular part of her recovery.
“For me being on the bike was cathartic…when it felt good I did an hour, when it didn’t, I did 15 minutes,” she said.
Jen’s friend Kate Sullivan told CBS 2 that those trips to the gym eventually gave birth to an idea.
“One day we got together, we said what happens if we put our passion for cycling together with raising money for rare cancers. And that’s cycle for survival,” Sullivan said.
In its first year cycle for survival had a handful of people, mostly Jen’s friends and family, participating at a local gym. But the fundraiser took off and the money raised was donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering for Research of Rare Cancers. Last year there were 4,500 participants in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
The 2012 Cycle For Survival will take place in New York the weekend of February 11 and 12.