October 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ – The parents of Livingston native, Jenifer Goodman Lin, held their kickoff event at the Mayfair Farms to celebrate the start of their daughter’s eighth annual Cycle for Survival Movement.
Goodman Lin started Cycle for Survival seven years ago as a response to her own battle with cancer. Now, Cycle for Survival has grown to be a national movement with people gearing up all over the country to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer trials.
Len Goodman, Jen’s father spoke to attendees on Tuesday evening about his daughter’s battle with cancer.
He said that usually one clinical trial could take up to five years to get started, but in the past seven years, Cycle for Survival raised $35.5 million making it possible for 85 trials to be initiated.
“Jennifer’s spirit is what drives this cycle today. She’s been gone for two years but it’s that spirit--she wasn’t going to let people suffer even if it was too late for her,” said Goodman. “She is the only person the hospital has any record of that ever started a charity like this while she was still undergoing treatment, and while she was facing her own mortality.”
Goodman thanked attendees for their support and encouraged them to keep participating. He said that this year is going to be the biggest event to date with over 400 bikes available for riders.
“We thank you because you are the ones responsible for this,” said Goodman. “By you coming here today, by you raising money, by you creating teams--you are keeping that spirit alive and we appreciate it and can’t thank you enough for it.”
Registration for teams is now open for riders at the Summit Equinox. For more information, visit www.cycleforsurvival.org
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