Evan rides for research, a straight four hours non-stop—1/31/10

Today I will be one of more than 4000 riders (on 850+ “teams”) who pedal 500+ stationary bicycles for 30 minutes to 4 hours near Grand Central in Manhattan. Other people in Chicago and Long Island will also be cycling away this weekend and the previous weekend to music, speed and terrain cues from the spinning instructor, and the encouraging shouts of hundreds of friends and family members. It’s a very thrilling ride.

The annual Sloan Kettering “Cycle for Survival” raises money for research of rare cancers, which are those with less than 40,000 reported cases in America in one year. Most of the money raised through other programs goes for the common cancers, like lung, breast and prostate. Over the last four years, the annual Cycle for Survival events have raised over $4.5 million for experimental research, and some of that has been very relevant to my family.

My son-in-law, Evan, who just became a father on New Year’s Day has been fighting a rare cancer since 2007. In fact there are only 10 cases in all the literature of people who have his exclusive, and intensely serious, illness. The experimental drugs and treatments coming out of the Sloan-Kettering research have kept him alive and also strong enough to ride his bike in the streets, when there is no snow or rain. Last year he was one of just 25 riders (out of 2500) who rode non-stop for the whole four hours.

If you would like to help support this event, a donation of any amount—no matter how small—would be greatly appreciated and help treat the rare cancers, which include cervical, stomach, brain and all pediatric cancers. Just go to this Cycle for Survival link.

And if you are in the New York or Chicago areas and want to actually cheer us on and experience the excitement of the event, contact me at ira@irasabs.com. for more details. We’d love to have you shouting along…

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