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Every day I travel on the Path train from Hoboken to New York City.  For the past few months, I have noticed advertisements for an event called Cycle for Survival.  The event is four hours of spinning sponsored and held at Equinox Fitness Centers around the country.  When you sign up for Cycle for Survival a webpage is created to allow you and your team to collect donations leading up to the event.  All donations go directly towards Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to support  rare cancer research.

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I participated in the event at an Equinox Fitness in NYC on Sunday, March 3rd.  When you first walk into the room, you can feel the energy.  Music is blasting, people are buzzing,  130 bikes are lined up and the room is lit up in orange(the official Cycle for Survival color).  The event was kicked off with a touching speech from a cancer survivor before quickly jumping into spinning.  In total, there were four 45 minute sessions which my team of three split up in 15 minute increments.  For those of you that have done spinning, you know it is not a walk in the park.  It was challenging but there was inspiration everywhere you looked.  Between the speeches delivered by cancer survivors, messages on a board about who people were riding for, blasting high energy music, and instructors yelling, it was relatively easy to push yourself to honor those who have been affected by cancer.

In all, it was a great event that I plan on doing again next year.  My team was able to raise $1,760 while the event raised over 13.6 million dollars to date.  Special thanks to my team and to those that donated as I could not have done it without your support.

30deeds Cycling Team

30deeds Cycling Team

Donations can still be made through the end of March here: 30deeds Cycling Donation page

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Mini Deed: Train Back Home

Posted: February 24, 2013 in donations

A young man approached me at the train station tonight and asked for money to buy a train ticket.  I am typically skeptical of people asking for money so I decided to engage in a conversation.  He came home yesterday to visit his mom to try and rebuild their rocky relationship.  It did not go well which caused his Crohn’s disease to flare up.  He spent all day in the hospital (hospital bracelet still on) and was just trying to get back home to Staten Island.  He only had a dollar to his name ( I asked).  I gave him money to help buy a ticket and he was able to get on the train.  It proves that the common misnomer that people asking for money are “just going to use it on drugs or alcohol” is not always true.  If you take a little time to listen, you may find that people that are down and out may just need a little boost.

PBP Seaside Logo LETR and SONJ SeparateA friend of mine is participating in the Polar Bear Plunge at the end of February.  For those of you that don’t know, the Polar Bear Plunge is an event where participants jump into a freezing cold body of water during the winter, typically to raise money for a charitable organization.  In this case, all donations go towards the Special Olympics-New Jersey.  I made a small donation to help his cause.  If you would like to donate, you can do so at the link below.

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Over the years I have accrued a large amount of clothes, jackets, shoes etc.  It is not because I go shopping a lot (because I don’t), I just never get rid of anything.  I still had a large amount of clothes from High school 12-15 years later.

I decided to donate a number of shirts, pants. suits, and shoes, that I was no longer wearing.  In my opinion, if it hasn’t been worn in the last 3-4 years, it is time to give it to someone who will put it to good use.  I cannot take full credit and have to give my parents a Jason Kidd assist as they initiated and organized the donation with the local Rescue Mission.

Donating clothing and similar items is something anyone can get involved with. It doesn’t take much time, effort, or financial obligation.  Spend some time this winter to go through your closet and donate some of the gently used clothing/shoes that would otherwise continue to collect dust.

christmas-treeChristmas has always been a special time of the year for me.  It is not about the presents, or Santa, or food, but about bringing family closer together and helping others in need.  It has always brought me joy to sit around the Christmas tree and enjoy time spent with family.

I came across an organization called New York Cares that is partnering with Anne’s Treeland in the Rockaways in NYC.  As some of you may know, this area was hit particularly hard by hurricane Sandy.  Many of the families have been displaced and lost nearly everything.  I made a donation that will result in a family receiving a Christmas tree for free.  I hope it brings joy to a special family in need during what may be the most difficult time of their lives.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

If you are interested in donating a tree, more information can be found here: http://blog.newyorkcares.org/?p=4875