Join in the effort to raise research money to cure rare cancers while getting fit and having fun at the same time when Equinox Coral Gables participates in the national 'Cycle for Survival' event next month.
The indoor cycling event will be held Saturday, Feb. 2. It will benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), the country's largest private cancer treatment and research institution. Thus far, "Cycle for Survival" has raised $18 million over its six year history.
"Cycle for Survival" began in 2007 when Jennifer Goodman Lynn was exercising to keep her body and mind fit at her local Equinox fitness club while undergoing treatment at Sloan Kettering for MHF sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer.
Eager to raise funds to support rare cancer research, she and her husband Dave held the first event, which raised more than $250,000. Equinox joined in the effort, becoming the sponsor, and, by year five, the event had attracted more than 4,500 cyclists, who teamed up to raise $4.7 million.
About half the people with suffer from a rare cancer, like sarcoma, pancreatic or ovarian cancers, but research is often underfunded. One hundred percent of the funds raised in this event go towards research. Since it was established, "Cycle For Survival" has funded more than 50 clinical trials and research studies.
Equinox operates 51 upscale full-service facilities, with South Florida locations in Coral Gables, Aventura and South Beach.