Cancer patient rallies cyclists for rare cancer research

Cancer patient Jennifer Goodman Linn, a six-time survivor still fighting sarcoma, is the founder of Cycle for Survival, a fundraiser for rare cancer research taking place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Equinox Fitness Club, 301 Pine St., San Francisco.

How are you? The doctors were saying prepare for the worst, but I’ve bounced back.

Does Cycle for Survival involve riding stationary bikes? Yes. It’s a four-hour relay on an indoor bike, with teams of two to eight people sharing the ride. Anyone can do it!

Who is participating? About 1,000 teams across the country. We’ve raised $4.5 million this year and $9 million to date.

Who sponsors the ride, and how can people contribute? Equinox, where the first ride was held in Manhattan in 2007, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To donate or participate, visit www.cycleforsurvival.com.

Why did you start the charity? Rare cancer affects millions of people — it’s basically any cancer that isn’t among the big four — breast, lung, prostate or colorectal. Ovarian cancer, pediatric cancer, they don’t get support from pharmaceutical companies. We’re trying to stimulate new research to find options so drug companies will get enthused.

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