With founding partner Equinox, Cycle for Survival surpasses $285 million raised since 2007; every dollar funds rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
In the midst of a global pandemic, Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, raised $25 million this season alone, for a total of $285 million since its inception in 2007. 100 percent of every dollar raised funds groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), which owns and operates Cycle for Survival.
This year’s Cycle for Survival events looked different, but the commitment to beating rare cancers remained the same. Throughout the first weekend of May,1,300 members of the Cycle for Survival community came together in person for the first time in over a year to be part of Cycle for Survival’s socially distanced outdoor ride at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, led the spectacular and high-energy rides.
Two weeks later, Cycle for Survival held its first ever Virtual Event Experience, with more than 10,000 patients, caregivers, survivors, doctors, and supporters participating from all over the world. Longtime supporter Seth Meyers, of Late Night With Seth Meyers, hosted the kick-off Impact Celebration. Participants had access to specially curated Cycle for Survival cycling, running, walking, yoga, and Tabata classes exclusively through the Equinox+ app. For both events, Cycle for Survival’s generous signature sponsors included Citi; smartwater® , the Official Hydration Sponsor; New Balance, the Official Apparel Sponsor; and TAG Heuer, the Official Timepiece, Timekeeper, Smartwatch, and Countdown of Cycle for Survival.
In this 15th year of Cycle for Survival, the community also remembered what would have been co-founder Jennifer Goodman Linn’s 50th birthday. In 2004, Jen was diagnosed with MFH sarcoma and underwent treatment at MSK. She and her husband, Dave Linn, founded Cycle for Survival (then called Spin4Survival) to give back to the doctors who cared for her. The first event was held in the cycling studio at Equinox Columbus Circle in New York City, and the Linns’ family, friends, and colleagues raised $250,000 for MSK.
About half of all people diagnosed with cancer are battling a rare form of the disease, which includes brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers; leukemia and lymphoma; all pediatric cancers; and many others. Rare cancer research is typically underfunded — often leaving patients with few or no treatment options. As MSK doctors and researchers pursue new treatments, Cycle for Survival provides urgently needed funding. To read about research breakthroughs made possible because of Cycle for Survival funding, go to cycleforsurvival.org/what-you-fund or visit cycleforsurvival.org to learn more.