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Livingston Community Rallies for Cycle for Survival

Jackie Schatell

Monday, January 13, 2014 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - While some people ride for Cycle for Survival in memory of Jen Goodman, who started the charity with her husband David in 2007, others, like Sydney Becker, a Livingston High School sophomore, ride as cancer survivors.

And, still others ride in memory of loved ones who have passed away, or to support those suffering now. Regardless as to why they cycle, one thing remains the same for all who do—they ride to raise funds to cure rare cancers including: brain, pancreatic, bladder, liver, ovarian, some breast types, sarcoma, leukemia, tongue, throat, lymphoma, oral, head, neck, uterine, intestinal, all pediatric cancers, and many more.

Right now, teams are forming for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Feb. 8, with anchor events in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Roslyn, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Palo Alto, Dallas, Greenwich, Washington, D.C., and Summit, at Equinox Fitness. Click here to join the battle. In addition, until Friday, Jan. 17, at midnight PST, every gift made to Cycle for Survival will have DOUBLE the impact. Learn more here.

And, Livingston residents are invited to attend the upcoming general membership meeting of Healthy Communities Healthy Youth (HCHY), on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, where Sandy and Leonard Goodman, parents of Cycle for Survivor founder Jen Goodman, will talk about the upcoming February 8th Cycle for Survival event. Seating is limited and RSVP is required via an email to Martha Ackerman at hchylivingston@aol.com.

In addition, on Jan. 24, Calabria’s Restaurant will be donating twenty percent of every lunch and/or dinner bill to Team: A Mission Continued..Jennifer  Goodman Linn, which is Jen’s family’s team. The Team is asking for residents to go to the restaurant for lunch, dinner takeout or delivery on the Jan. 24, and for people to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and email. In addition, donations the team can be made here,

Cycle for Survival was begun in 2007 by Livingston resident Jennifer Linn and her husband, David, after Jennifer was treated for a rare form of cancer known as sarcoma. The organization was established to provide funding for research for rare forms of cancer (such as sarcoma, pancreatic cancer, and other carcinomas). Memorial Sloan Kettering, along with Equinox Gyms, got on board for an indoor stationary bicycle relay marathon where teams would raise pledge monies.

Jennifer passed away on July 20, 2011, but her efforts to find cures to rare cancers have grown exponentially. To date, Cycle for Survival is the fastest growing athletic charity in the nation. It has raised over $35 million dollars for rare cancer research and developed over 85 new cancer trials/treatments.

Last year, besides all of the media coverage garnered for the cause, Times Square welcomed Cycle for Survival, the Empire State Building shined with Cycle for Survival colors, and the opening bells at the Stock Exchange were rung by Cycle for Survival staffers. In addition, Memorial Sloan-Kettering dedicated a research lab to Jen called The Jennifer Goodman Linn Laboratory for New Drug Development in Sarcoma and Rare Cancers.

About Rare Cancers                                    

More than half of people diagnosed with cancer have a rare form of the disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a "rare cancer" is one with a prevalence of fewer than 200,000 affected individuals in the United States. Research on many rare cancers is drastically underfunded, leaving patients with limited treatment options. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), the nation's preeminent center for cancer research and treatment, is committed to changing that.

About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

MSKCC is the nation's preeminent center for research and treatment devoted exclusively to cancer. Founded in 1884, MSKCC is based in New York City. MSKCC fosters close collaboration between physicians and scientists, leading to treatment innovation and discoveries that benefit the cancer community worldwide. Each year MSKCC treats more than 400 subtypes of cancer.

About Cycle for Survival

Cycle for Survival is the fun, high-energy, indoor team cycling event working to fill the funding gap in rare cancer research. Every dollar raised goes directly to research at MSKCC and findings are shared with every major cancer hub in the country. The direct funding from the events has drastically reduced the time it takes for treatments to reach patients—in some cases cutting the span from years to months. Doctors and researchers who've received Cycle for Survival funding credit these resources for making groundbreaking discoveries possible, advancing vital research where, sometimes, little to no funding exists.

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