Yeah, I’m asking you for money. I just thought I’d be upfront and put it in the headline because those who aren’t interested can ignore this post.
Here’s why you should be interested.
Years ago, my husband had a roommate named Dave. Then, they got all mature and got married. Dave to Jen and Ryan to me. Now, Jen has stomach cancer. However, that’s not all about Jen. She is a kick ass type of chick — the kind that has big plans and follows through on them. She has a bazillion caring friends and family members who are going, “Hey Jen, what can we do to help?” and she has created an answer for us.
When she first got sick (she’s on her fourth battle with this bullshit disease) she found that working out — spinning to be specific — was her sanity saver. She became a spinning addict.
So, Jen and Dave Linn created an event called Spin4Survival, an indoor team cycling fundraiser held in January 2007. She envisioned an event that would “reward and challenge the mind, body, and soul” — one that would eventually become national in scope. The inaugural event was an inspiration for all who attended. The second annual fundraiser far surpassed projected goals, with more than 120 teams “geared up to battle cancer,” including worldwide satellite teams. In total, the event has raised more than $800,000 and has grown into the fundraiser now known as Cycle for Survival.
“The fact that this event has directly benefited patients motivates me to keep going,” Jen said. “We’ve gained momentum, and we’ve already changed the way we’re fighting this illness. I have great hope that this will ultimately lead to more treatment breakthroughs and higher survival rates for those with rare cancers, so that more of us will live to tell our unique tales.”
This weekend, Heather and I will ride as part of a satellite team in the Bay Area. It would mean a lot to us and to the Linn and Goodman families to have your support. (That means dollars.) Click here to donate through me. Use this link to donate through Heather.