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Friday, August 9, 2013

Biking To Fight Cancer -- One Stride At A Time | Huff Post


In the fashion industry, when someone is taking their job way too seriously, you often hear the phrase, "it's not brain surgery" or "it's not rocket science," and even, "it's not like we're curing cancer." And it's true, my job, as amazing as it is, often makes me question myself - am I doing enough? In May of this year, I had the opportunity to tour The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC--James). It is one of the nation's premier cancer centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. I met the CEO, Dr. Michael Caligiuri and many other doctors and researchers who spend their days searching for a cure for this horrible disease. I imagined what it would be like to be making such a difference in the world -- it gives me chills just thinking about it! They are all incredibly inspiring to me. So I asked myself, what can I do to help?
Lucky for me, I work for a brand that is extremely dedicated to giving back to the community. Victoria's Secret is one of the biggest supporters of an amazing organization called Pelotonia, which is an annual bike ride that takes place in Columbus, Ohio. Each year, thousands of cyclists ride up to 180 miles in an effort to raise money for the OSUCCC-James. The goal is simple: End Cancer! After three years of participating in Supermodel Soul Cycle, which has raised over $500,000 through Soul Cycle spinning classes, this year I decided to participate in Pelotonia so that I could broaden my efforts to raise money for cancer research.

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