This past weekend I participated in the most awesome, moving experience I’ve ever encountered. It’s called Cycle for Survival.
Cycle for Survival raises money to research and beat rare cancers which believe it or not, is anything other than breast, colon, lung and prostate. It’s astounding to hear the statistics and to realize that these rare cancers have had little to no research, trials or funding for them until ten years ago when Cycle for Survival was created. 100% of the money raised each year goes to rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Cycle for Survival has raised over 120 million dollars to date!!
I was asked by one of my clients to join her team (she is part of the founding family for this awesome movement) and of course I said yes. Inside though, I was freaking out, because there are two things very few people know about me,
1. I hate asking for money
2. While I can kick your ass on the mat, I’m really a wimp when it comes to cardio 🙂
So I embarked on this journey to help other people in a different way than I do my clients 7 days a week and in doing so realized a few things that blow my mind:
- I’m riding in Cycle for Survival because I have a mother who had a rare cancer!!
- I’m riding in Cycle for Survival for my friends who’s mothers weren’t so lucky.
- I’m riding in Cycle for Survival for the many people who CAN’T!!!!
- I’m riding in Cycle for Survival because I CAN!!!
- I’m riding in Cycle for Survival to help beat these terrible cancers and be part of the reason it happens!!!!
I did a little social media and I’m happy to say I raised my goal and then some, thanks to the people who donated and supported me, some of whom lost their mothers to a rare cancer.
So the day comes!!! I am nervous, excited and worried all at the same time.
I start my work day at 7:00am, see some private clients, teach two classes, and fly out the door at 10:00am knowing my wimpy rear needs to be on my bike seat by 11:00am at an Equinox about 40 minutes from my studio. I race down there (which was easier than I thought), check in and go upstairs to find my client. Then I find out my bike is in the front row….. right in front of the teachers……. now I’m really nervous…… I get introduced to one of the teachers for the hour long ride, this adorable guy named Jeffrey.
The whole time he’s watching me and pushing me to do more than I was comfortable with… and I did it!! Everyone there was part of a team riding for someone they loved and some of the teams had survivors riding themselves.
THE ROOM WAS FILLED TO CAPACITY with hundreds of spin bikes and every one of them was taken. The energy in the room was palpable and the room was filled with sweating, dancing and riding! It was a dance party on a bike and I loved every minute of it!!!
There are still two weekends and many cities left to ride and I’m happy to say this year so far, Cycle for Survival has raised over 20 million dollars to help research and beat rare cancers!!
I am honored to be a part of this and raise money for those that can’t!