"Cycle for Survival is an indoor team cycling event, but to kick things off we're going to the heart of Times Square and spreading the word," co-founder of Cycle for Survival David Linn said.
The events raise money for rare cancer research. Each rare cancer alone doesn't get a lot of funding, but combined, they impact more than half of all cancer patients.
"We're here for our friend Jackie, who unfortunately lost her life to a rare cancer," participant Kathy Mordenstern said.
What began seven years ago in one Equinox gym is now in 13 cities. It was founded by David Linn and his wife Jen. Jen lost her battle with cancer in 2011, but her contagious smile and spirit inspired what is now a national movement.
"Every single day she wanted to do something to help everyone else," participant Rachel Richmond said.
"It started with Jen and I, but now, thousands and thousands of people will ride and raise money, and every dollar goes directly into cancer research," Linn said.
So far, they've raised over $31 million, and funded 85 clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Niki Klein is riding for her father, who's been fighting cancer for five years.
"I ride because he still needs clinical trials, so hopefully riding will raise enough funds so that he can be someone who's able to participate, and keep being my dad," Klein said.
The schedule for Cycle for Survival 2014:
- February 8 ? Summit, NJ
- March 1 ? New York City, Long Island
- March 2 ? New York City
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