One of the greatest joys in my life these days is finding ways to thank the people who are helping to save my life. Though I continue to thank my doctor and friend Gary Schwartz, there are few better ways to show my profound appreciation than to raise money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering ("MSK").
For the second year, I'll be joining Gary here in New York for ‘Cycle for Survival’. On January 31, Gary, myself and a couple hundred other maniacs, including another friend and MSK surgeon, Ron DeMatteo, will get on stationary bikes at Equinox Fitness and pedal for 8 hours.
‘Cycle for Survival’ was created in 2007 to raise money to research rare cancers -- like the one that Gary is helping me conquer. Being less common and equally as dangerous, orphan cancers do not attract the research funding, drug development incentives necessary to promote and advance treatments and, hopefully, cures. In the last two years more than $ 2 million has been raised for this research. We hope to continue the success of the event with this year's ambitious but seriously important fund-raising goal of $2 million for research that saves lives. I'm proof.
2009 was a stark reminder that the fight for me goes on, underscoring how important Gary's work is. Less than a year ago, I went through a second round of major abdominal surgery -- a risky procedure that's left me with minor pain and deepening gratitude. Part of my strive to thrive is doing this ride, and getting on a real bike. Paul's Posse is riding again!
I know the holidays are just days behind us, and I realize the economic environment is less than optimal for most of us. That said, I would be so grateful and appreciative if you would consider making a contribution to this event. Every dollar counts, every dollar makes a difference, and every dollar yields ever increasing possibility.