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Riding for Orphan Cancer Research - In Memory of a Fearless Blogger

Jen Goodman LinnI blogged several times about two dear friends of mine from business school - Dave Linn and his wife Jen Goodman Linn who blogged at  

Jen was 33 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called a sarcoma.  You can read my first blog post about Jen Goodman Linn here. 

Jen was fanatic about exercise.  In 2007, she started an organization called Cycle for Survival which is a relay style spinning event at Eqiunox in NYC to raise money for orphan cancer research.  What is an 'orphan cancer'?  An orphan cancer is a cancer which is not one of the most common cancers.  Here is a list of the most common forms of cancer.  Based on my discussions with Jen and Dave, the most common forms of cancer receive the vast majority of government and industry funding, leading to greater strides in research.  Orphan cancers are less prevalent, but still affect thousands of people every year.  Since orphan cancers are less prevalent, there is limited funding and few organized groups organizing action and fund raising.

Cycle for Survival was founded by Jen & Dave in 2007 to raise money for orphan cancer research at New York's Sloan-Kettering Center.  To-date, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $9m for cancer research and 100% of the donations go to funding research.  Sloan-Kettering provides all the administration and overhead.

In March of 2011, Jen turned 40 years old.  Jen's birthday dance is one of my favorite videos on YouTube.

After battling cancer for 7 years, Fearless Jen passed away on July 20th, 2011.  She was an amazing woman.  She was an amazing blogger.  A true inspiration for me.  Take some time to read through her blog on YouFearless.

Cycle for Survival 2012 is being held again on February 4th, 2012 on Long Island, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, February 11th in New York City and Chicago and February 12th in Washington DC.   Dave had a nice write-up in the Huffington Post recently as well.

On February 4th, a group of us from school are converging on San Francisco to celebrate Jen's life, ride and raise money for Cycle for Survival, and have a lot of fun.  Dave Linn is flying out from New York to be with us. 

If you are interested in helping fund orphan cancer research, please consider a donation to Cycle for Survival.  Click here to make a donation to our team.

Watch for Cycle for Survival on the news in San Francisco!

Nikesh Parekh

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Comment balloon 6 commentsNikesh Parekh • January 12 2012 12:22AM



I'm sorry about your friend. Raising 9 million bucks for Cancer is a huge deal. Her legacy and story will survive for many years to come I'm sure. She looks so vibrant, happy and together. I am so sick and tired of people dying of cancer. My grandfather died of colon cancer, I noticed it was on the list you linked in this post. Nice of you to post this, I'm sure she'd be proud!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago


It so sad for you to lose a very good friend.  Please accept my condolences.  Since you will be in San Francisco on February 4th I am going to be making a donation to your team.  Hope you raise lots of money for a very worthy cause.  Take care and good luck.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Thanks Nino.  Great to see a friendly face today, by the way.

Jen was amazing.  Dave Linn is amazing and has been through a lot over the last year. 

It should be a good time and experience riding in San Francisco.

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Thanks so much Evelyn.  Please do not feel any obligation to make a donation.  (I know weird to say.)  I think it is a great cause and I care for Jen and Dave. 

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Niki...somehow I missed your earlier posts about Fearless Jen.  Thank you for sharing her stry.  I always think that these stories need to be shared to spread the inspiration that people like Jen provide to the rest of us.  And nopefully, ultimately play a role in finding a cure.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - about 9 years ago


This is just incredible! She made it 7 years and used that time to accomplish so much. I aspire to the same. My goal is 15 years. Lol. Of course I also wish to set the same type of example she has set for those who live on. I believe I'm heading in the right direction. And Boy do I LOVE her dancing video. I do that and seeing this video makes me less, well, weird :)

Thank you for bringing this to my attention Niki. It's definitely something I needed to see. Good luck in the race. And please, tell us about how it went. Be well my friend :)

P.S. I subscribed to comment stream in case that's where you'd like to update us at a later date.


Posted by TLW almost 9 years ago