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What is Cycle for Survival?

Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. We are proud to be part of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 100% of every dollar supports pioneering research and lifesaving clinical trials within six months after the close of fundraising each year.

What is Memorial Sloan Kettering?

Founded in 1884, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center. The close collaboration between doctors and researchers is one of its greatest strengths — ensuring that drugs and therapies developed in the lab can be quickly transformed into treatment options that will benefit people with cancer worldwide.

What is a rare cancer?

About 50 percent of people with cancer have a rare cancer. Rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, ovarian, and stomach cancers; all types of pediatric cancers; and many others. Even though they account for about half of all cancer diagnoses when combined, research on many rare cancers is drastically underfunded, often leaving patients with limited or no treatment options.

Who benefits from the funds raised by Cycle for Survival? How much money goes to cancer research?

Cycle for Survival has raised more than $260 million to help fund rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering. 100% of the money raised supports innovative clinical trials, research studies, and major research initiatives. Doctors and researchers who have received funding credit these resources for making groundbreaking discoveries possible — advancing vital research where little to no funding existed — to benefit patients around the world. Learn more about what Cycle for Survival funds.

How quickly does funding from Cycle for Survival translate to research?

Cycle for Survival funds are allocated to pioneering rare cancer research studies and clinical trials within six months after the close of fundraising each year — dramatically reducing the time it takes for donations to become discoveries, and ultimately better treatments for people with cancer.

What is the tax ID number?

Cycle for Survival is fully owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). MSK’s 501c3 tax identification number is 13-1924236. Your gift to Cycle for Survival is 100% tax-deductible. You will receive a confirmation receipt via email after submitting your donation. Please save this email receipt for your tax records.

Virtual Event Experience

What is the Virtual Event Experience?

On May 15, 2021, through an immersive virtual platform, we’ll bring the spirit, excitement, and inspiration of Cycle for Survival to you. Kicking off with a powerful Impact Celebration, the entire community will come together to hear from doctors, scientists, patients, and caregivers. You will then have the opportunity to participate in cycling and noncycling activities through the Variis by Equinox app. These activities will be available all weekend long as will other signature Cycle for Survival event-day experiences like our tribute wall, photo booth, and more. Everyone who registers for the 2021 season will have access to the full Virtual Event Experience including the Variis by Equinox app.

How do I register for the Virtual Event Experience?

Participants will largely register for the Virtual Event Experience as teams. Because of the virtual format, there are no geographic barriers to participation and no cap of four to eight riders per bike. Teams can be united and bigger than ever before!

Is there a fundraising minimum?

There is no fundraising requirement for the Virtual Event Experience. There are many individual and team opportunities to earn gear based on your fundraising this year!

Do participants have to be Equinox members or subscribe to the Variis by Equinox app?

As always, this event is open to both Equinox members and nonmembers. You will be given access to the Variis by Equinox app to access the Cycle for Survival cycling and noncycling classes for the duration of the weekend.

Can I be an Extreme rider this year?

If you have access to an at-home bike, you can register as an Extreme rider, guaranteeing you four hours of cycling content through the Variis by Equinox app. The fundraising commitment is $4,000.

Are there any age restrictions?

Participants must be 13 years old to register on cycleforsurvival.org for an online fundraising page or to participate in an event. If you are 13 to 18 years old, you must register with a parent or legal guardian.

What else can I expect throughout the months leading up to the Virtual Event Experience?

Through your fundraising efforts, you can earn team and individual Cycle for Survival gear and other exciting benefits! You’ll also have access to monthly matches and challenges to help you reach — and exceed — your goals.

Plus, you’ll get invitations to virtual community conversations. These will range from impact updates from MSK doctors to opportunities to connect with other Cycle for Survival supporters, among other engaging programming. Make sure you opt in to receiving our emails and follow us on social media.

Outdoor Stadium Ride

What is the Outdoor Stadium Ride?

You and your team members have the option to join us in person two weeks earlier for our first socially distanced outdoor ride at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday, May 1 or Sunday, May 2. Each person must register in advance, and you can learn more about the in-person ride protocols here. We will proceed rain or shine, but if at any point we have reservations about our ability to safely host this event, we will instead offer an exclusive virtual experience. Your safety is our number one priority.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

There is a fundraising minimum of $1,000 per person, which guarantees you one bike for one hour.

What is the structure of the ride?

Unlike previous Cycle for Survival events with four back-to-back hours of cycling, the Outdoor Stadium Ride will have a more individual approach this season. Each participant will register for a one-hour ride.

Can my team ride together?

During the registration process you will be prompted to select a morning or afternoon session on May 1 or May 2. As the dates get closer, our team will be in touch with all in-person participants to solidify their actual ride time. We suggest that you and your team members choose to ride in the same session and we will work to accommodate your group.

What is the backup plan?

This event will be held rain or shine. If we are not able to host the event because of safety concerns, participants will be invited to attend an exclusive virtual event that same day.

Will team members or spectators be able to come?

At this time, only registered riders will be allowed to attend the Outdoor Stadium Ride.

Are there showers available at MetLife Stadium?

Restrooms will be available, but there will not be access to showers or locker rooms.

What safety precautions are being taken for the Outdoor Stadium Ride?

All of our safety precautions and protocols are outlined here. We plan to include at least the following protective measures, subject to additional processes as recommended by regulatory guidance and MSK’s Infectious Diseases Service: disinfecting and frequent cleaning of the site and equipment, cleaning bikes after each ride, masks and gloves for staff, masks for all participants (including instructors), health and temperature screenings for everyone present, contactless check-in, regular placement of stations for hand sanitizer placement / wipes, and social distancing.

We will continue to monitor the situation by following local and state regulations, CDC guidelines, and infection rates, with the safety of the community as our number 1 priority. If at any point we have reservations about our ability to safely host this event, we will instead offer an exclusive virtual experience.

Fundraising

How long does it take for gifts to be processed and counted toward my fundraising total?

Online donations are processed automatically and immediately applied to your fundraising total. Gifts made by check or money order are processed and applied to your fundraising total within 72 hours of being received by Cycle for Survival.

How can I raise funds for Cycle for Survival?

There are many ways to raise funds for Cycle for Survival. Start by visiting your Participant Center to customize your fundraising page. Asking potential donors for support will be more effective if they understand why you're riding! Check out our fundraising tips to get ideas — and join our social communities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to share updates with friends and family. We encourage you to set your goals high and raise as much as possible! Remember that every dollar goes directly to rare cancer research.

How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?

Many companies have programs that match the charitable contributions of their employees. This can double and sometimes triple the amount of a donation, at no additional cost to the employee — a great way to increase your impact! To find out if you or your donors work for a company with a matching gift program, check our matching gift search page here.

Please mail completed matching gift forms to: 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Attn: Matching Gifts, Office of Development
P.O. Box 27106
New York, NY 10087
matchinggift@mskcc.org

When sending your check, please be very specific as to whether your matching gift should be counted toward an individual or team. Helpful information to include with your check is the participant’s full name, their team name, and the city where they are participating.

Gifts made by check will be processed and applied to your fundraising total within 72 hours of being received by Cycle for Survival. Matching gifts are not posted until all of the necessary paperwork is completed by both the employee and the company, and received by Cycle for Survival.

Can the funds I raise through Cycle for Survival apply toward a preexisting fundraising pledge at Memorial Sloan Kettering?

No. If you have made a pledge to Memorial Sloan Kettering, the funds raised through Cycle for Survival may not be applied toward fulfilling that commitment. However, it is possible to establish a pledge through Cycle for Survival. Please contact us at cycleforsurvival@mskcc.org or 888‑72‑CYCLE for additional information or to discuss your interests.

Can I create a Facebook Fundraiser for Cycle for Survival?

We do not offer fundraising through Facebook at this time. We are here to help with your fundraising efforts so please reach out to us with any questions about fundraising on other platforms so we can best assist you.

When will fundraising close for the season?

Fundraising will close on June 1, 2021.

Will I have access to my personal page, team page, and Participant Center?

Yes, you will have access to update your personal and team pages, plus the Participant Center. There you can update your page information, your goal, and track your donations and donors.

Can I create a national team page?

Yes! We would be happy to work with you and your team to create a national team page or an umbrella page that combines multiple teams or individuals to show collective fundraising. Please reach out to your market manager to get this set up.

Will there be a leaderboard and the same competitive nature with regard to fundraising?

We’ll continue to provide match and challenge opportunities and encourage coming together as a community to raise critical funds for rare cancer research with the use of fundraising leaderboards. 

Making a Donation

How do I make a gift to an individual or team?

It’s simple to donate to Cycle for Survival in support of an individual or team. You can make a secure online donation using a credit card or use our mail-in form to make a gift. Click here to search for the individual or team you wish to support. While your gift will immediately be credited to the team or individual you specify, it may take up to one hour for your online donation to be accurately reflected on your fundraising page. If after one hour you do not see the gift displayed correctly, please contact us using the form below.

Where do I mail checks given to me by donors?

It’s easy to make sure that these gifts are counted toward your fundraising total. Simply mail checks to:

Cycle for Survival
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
P. O. Box 27432
New York, NY 10087-7432


When sending checks, please be very specific as to whether the gifts should be counted toward an individual or team. Helpful information to include with the checks is the participant’s full name, their team name, and the city where they are participating. A check may take up to 14 business days to be correctly reflected in online fundraising totals.

How can I obtain a copy of my receipt?

Please contact us at cycleforsurvival@mskcc.org or 888-72-CYCLE and one of our team members will be able to help you.

How will my donation appear on my credit card statement?

Online gifts supporting Memorial Sloan Kettering (including Cycle for Survival donations) will appear as “MSK 855-718-4054” on your credit card statement.

My Account

I’m a registered participant and i’m having trouble logging in. Can you help?

Double-check that you’re entering your username and password correctly. Remember: Your password is case-sensitive. Contact us if you continue to have trouble logging in.

What information should I post on my individual and team fundraising pages?

Customize your team and individual fundraising pages by sharing your story and why you’re raising money to fight rare cancers. This helps boost your fundraising success, showing potential donors why your ride is important! Please note that all customized content, photos, and videos are subject to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s review and approval. If you plan to include personal information about other people on your fundraising page — including family members or friends whose lives have been touched by cancer — please be sure to consult with them first, in case they have concerns about seeing such information made public.

I’m having problems uploading my photo to my fundraising page. Can you help?

Double-check to make sure that the photo is a jpg file and no larger than 4 MB. All uploaded images will be resized to fit in a 300-x-400-pixel space.

Can I register myself and other people using the same email?

Our website allows an email address to be used only once for each city’s events. If you would like to register for events in more than one city, you will be able to use the same email address across those events.