Inspirational cancer fighter Jennifer Goodman Linn died July 20th. Her fearless legacy and Cycle for Survival program will continue to make a difference …
At 33 years old, the marketing executive for Fortune 500 companies, was diagnosed with a rare cancer, called sarcoma. One in every 10,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and about half of them will survive it.
Jennifer founded Cycle for Survival in 2007, originally as a grass-roots program inspired by her love for cycling and the encouragement she found among her gym buddies. Thousands of cyclists team up each year with friends, family and coworkers to ride against cancer in New York City, Chicago and satellite events around the world. The event has raised more than $4.5 million in support of research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – becoming one of the most successful patient-led fundraising event in the 125-year history of Sloan-Kettering.
Reprinted from Jen’s blog is the following message:
“It is with great sadness that we want to inform all of you who have supported and loved Jen throughout the years that she passed away earlier this morning. As tough as a fighter Jen was, her death was peaceful and she did not seem to be suffering; she was surrounded by loved ones. Obviously this is tragic and heartbreaking for all of us, but we are grateful that she is no longer suffering.
Jen’s funeral will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel, located at 180 West 76th Street (near Amsterdam Avenue) at 11:45 a.m., Friday, July 22nd, 2011. In lieu of flowers, Jen preferred that you please consider donations to Cycle for Survival to keep alive her determined fight to eradicate rare cancers.”
With appearances on “The Today Show”, CBS, ABC, MSNBC and FOX, Jen told her story of treatment, remission and survival. She was the recipient of Self Magazine’s Do Good Award in 2008, was named one of Kraft Foods’ 100 Extraordinary Women in 2009, and was a 2010 Energizer Hall of Fame Finalist.
Her fearless life mentality inspired cancer patients, everyday people, acquaintances and family.
“Jen is a force of nature, an extraordinary human being whose will to live and perspective on life, business and all its challenges are beyond measure,” said Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. “It is more than a privilege to see her in action…it is life changing.”
Jennifer is survived by her husband, David.
Visit Jennifer’s website to read more about her incredible journey and to contribute to the Cycle for Survival efforts.