Many of us know what it’s like to have a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer. You might feel helpless, depleted, filled with sadness, but there’s one other thing I’m sure you also felt: an insatiable desire to do something about it, to help in any way possible.

Two years ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Luckily the tumor ended up being benign, but I still felt that need to do something. Even now after the tumor has been successfully removed and his condition improved, the feeling does not go away. We all want to do something positive with our lives and make some sort of tangible, positive change, however sometimes it’s hard to find the time or the right opportunity. Well here’s your chance: Cycle For Survival.

Cycle For Survival

Cycle For Survival is not just a fundraising event, it’s movement to beat rare forms of cancer. Since its founding in 2007, Cycle For Survival has raised over $100 million to fund clinical trials, research studies, and major research initiatives in pursuit of a cure to various forms of rare cancer.

Many people may not realize this, but almost half of all people fighting cancer are rare cancer patients. Unfortunately, many of these patients end up not having access to treatment options because research on these rare forms of cancer is so underfunded…which is exactly why Cycle For Survival is so important.

One of the reasons why we at 4th Bin love Cycle For Survival so much is because 100% of every dollar raised is directly allocated to rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within 6 months of the events. Cycle for Survival cares about one thing and one thing only: saving lives.

In 2016, Cycle For Survival raised an incredible $30 Million for rare cancer research, but now’s not the time for complacency. Each year, Cycle For Survival aims to surpass the fundraising total from the year prior…meaning we’ve got a lot of money to raise! My colleague John Kirsch and I are participating this year as members of Team PEDS for peds.

This December, Cycle For Survival is running its “December Challenge”. The goal is to raise $1.5 million in the month of December alone to fund supercomputer equipment that will help us unlock key clues in the hunt for treatment and cures to rare cancers.

We would like to kindly ask your for any donations to the cause. My fundraising goal is $2,000, and, while I’m well on my way there, I don’t want to simply hit it…I want to blow it away. Want to get even more involved than just a donation? Join team PEDS for peds! More information on our fundraising efforts and on Cycle For Survival can be found here: Cycle For Survival: PEDS for peds.