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Cycling fund-raiser to benefit rare cancer research

For the second consecutive year, JoyRide Cycling Studio will host a satellite event for Cycle for Survival, the national indoor cycling event that raises money for lifesaving research on rare cancers.

Spots are still available for JoyRide’s event, which will take place at JoyRide’s Westport studio on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. Last year, Team JoyRide raised more than $37,000, which was the most money of any satellite team in the world. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s Cycle for Survival events.

Cycle for Survival was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband, Dave, after Jennifer was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer called sarcoma. Since then, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $20.4 million and has directly funded 53 clinical trials and research studies, bringing hope to countless lives worldwide touched by rare cancers.

“I cycle in memory of Jenn, who inspired me and countless others with her unstoppable energy and fearless philosophy throughout her seven-year battle with sarcoma,” said Aimee Rein, JoyRide satellite team co-leader. “I cycle to keep her legacy alive and continue her extraordinary vision and mission. I cycle with dedication to honor the brave people I know and love who are battling cancer.”

One hundred percent of the money raised go directly to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and are allocated within six months of each event. The donations help fund the most promising research and clinical trials, and have led to better treatments for cancer patients worldwide.

More than half of all cancers are classified as “rare,” including all pediatric cancers. Other well-known forms of the diseases classified as rare include pancreatic, sarcoma, ovarian, cervical, brain, metastatic melanoma, head and neck, stomach, leukemia and lymphomas.

BMW of Bridgeport, continuing its long-time commitment to supporting cancer-related charities and fund-raisers, specifically the Connecticut Challenge, is sponsoring JoyRide’s event.

JoyRide’s 90-minute fund-raising ride will be led by Rhodie Lorenz, co-owner and lead instructor of JoyRide Cycling Studio, along with special live guitar accompaniment by Scott Williams of Fairfield. Food and beverages will follow the ride.

“As a cycling studio, JoyRide has a unique opportunity to improve people’s lives every day through fitness,” said Lorenz. “Hosting Cycle for Survival takes our mission further by enabling us to create a community of riders that ban together for a greater cause — raising awareness and funds to find a cure.

“We have all been touched by cancer in some way, and JoyRide is grateful to be a part of this event,” she added. “It takes persistence, dedication, and commitment to triumph over cancer. Team JoyRide is hopeful that our efforts on Feb. 10 will affect change by saving lives.”

To join Team JoyRide and participate in the event, register at mskcc.convio.net, password is joyride. To donate, visit JoyRide’s fund-raising team page at mskcc.convio.net/site/TR/CycleforSurvival/AG_Cycle_Event.

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