Cycle for Survival: Honoring a Beautiful Soul

Register. Raise money. Ride

…That’s what Jenna Carrabis is doing in honor of her friend, Alyssa Acquafredda, who lost her battle with Angiosarcoma almost two years ago at the young age of 25. Jenna and her team, Mission Cure Possible, will be riding for the fourth year in a row at the Cycle for Survival event on Sun., February 10th at  Equinox gym in Boston, MA, which would have also been Alyssa’s 27th birthday.

Cycle for Survival was started in 2007 by Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband David Linn as a way to keep Jen’s mind off her battle with cancer and to help raise money for rare cancer research at the same time. It joined forces with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and became an official event in 2009, the same year Mission Cure Possible started spinning for Alyssa’s health. Mission Cure Possible was lucky enough to have Alyssa as team captain for their first two years, adorned with a yellow crown, pom-poms, and a smile.

“Alyssa was the type of person that would drop anything to help someone, even if she had just met you.  She was the type of person that would check in with me when I was having a hard time, yet she was in the hospital, hooked up to a machine, receiving her chemotherapy treatments; that’s just the type of person she was.  She was an amazing friend and I was in awe of her courage, strength and determination.  Not once did she ever let the cancer ‘win,’, her motto was ‘sometimes life happens and that’s okay.’ She had every reason to be angry and depressed, yet her hope always bounced her back.” Jenna shares about her beloved friend.

Teams register, raise a minimum of $1,000, and then when the day comes, each team member rides for about an hour. The entire event lasts about four hours and there are a multitude of other things going on, including free massages and yoga classes, to keep the riders occupied. “The spin instructors keep everyone up beat and in a great mood,” says Jenna, and what a better way to help raise money for an amazing cause. cycle

On January 26th, Mission Cure Possible and Studio3 in Newport, RI are joining forces to help raise money for their ride on Feb. 10th. The fundraiser starts at 10pm and there is a $5 cover charge to start.  All proceeds will support Jenna’s ride for team Mission Cure Possible at the Cycle for Survival event.  DJ Biggie from MTV’s The Pauly D Project will be DJing all night.

Since it began, Cycle for Survival has raised over $20 million dollars and has funded 53 clinical trials. If you are in the Newport area, be sure to stop by to support Jenna, team Mission Cure Possible, and of course Alyssa’s memory. Dance your butt off so they can bike off theirs for cancer. See you there!

~B

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