TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) --Thousands of New Yorkers participated in cycling and fundraising for Cycle for Survival Friday in Times Square.
At the Times Square Takeover, riders, including Eyewitness News meteorologist Amy Freeze, were on stationary bikes outside with Equinox instructors, biking to motivational music.
Participants made a one-time donation of $20.17 to Cycle for Survival, and signed up for a cycling slot. Proceeds fund rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the event kicked off 2017 fundraising!
Cycle for Survival was started by a New Yorker, who died from a rare cancer, and her husband, who remains very involved as a volunteer and advocate for Cycle for Survival, which is owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
He remains very involved as a volunteer and advocate for Cycle for Survival, which is owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Lindsey Freeze, Amy's sister, was diagnosed with a rare melanoma in 2014, when there were only 700 cases reported worldwide.
She was seen at Sloan Kettering as well as with her cancer specialists in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eventually, she found a research trial for which she qualified and has been cancer free for one year.
Cycle for Survival funds rare cancer research and supports Sloan Kettering in its quest to find cures. Cycle for Survival has raised $105 million for rare cancer research, and has funded more than clinical trials and research studies.
Registration just opened for 2017 events at CycleForSurvival.org to register for the indoor team cycling events happening in February and March.
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