Spin for a Cure
September 17, 2016
For forty-five minutes on Thursday evening, a couple dozen people from the William Raveis Real Estate office, and their family and friends came together to attend “Spin for a Cure” at the Equinox gym in Business Park.
All the proceeds from the evening went toward the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Bill Raveis, founder, chairman and CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, is a board member of the cancer research foundation. His involvement began shortly after his wife Candy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She remains hopeful to win her battle against cancer with the partnership between Raveis and Damon Runyon.
The foundation was founded in 1946 after the death of Damon Runyon, whose Broadway stories inspired the Broadway show Guys and Dolls. Founded and led by journalist and radio personality Walter Winchell, the foundation was supported by Hollywood celebrities Milton Berle, Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.
Since 1946, the Damon Runyon Foundation has focused on all cancers. Over $300 million has been awarded in grant research to over 3,500 of the “best and brightest scientists” in the nation to understand the causes of cancer, to transform cancer therapy, and to discover cures through research. Twelve of Damon Runyon scientists have received the Nobel Prize.
All the 140 Raveis offices and 4,000 agents nationwide are participating in a fund-raising event for Damon Runyon. The main fund-raising event is the William Raveis Ride + Walk that takes place on October 16 in Norwalk, CT.
Lisa Theiss, the vice president of business development; Robin Lechner, administrative manager; and Lauren Goldenberg, salesperson, thought it would be fun to organize a "training ride" leading up to the Ride + Walk. “This was our first “Spin for a Cure” for Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and hope it will become an annual event,” says Theiss.
Goldenberg got involved because cancer has touched many of her family and friends. She said she is now an empty-nester and finally has time to not only work, but to also give back to those in need.
"The event was a great way to bond with our co-workers, clients and friends while raising money for cancer research," said Goldenberg. “Lisa Gagliardi of Equinox provided a fun-filled, energetic class and we all had a great time. A special thanks to all who participated and to BeWies Holistic Market for their delicious smoothies immediately following the class.”
She added, “Last year the William Raveis charitable fund raised over $500,000 for the foundation. This year we hope to raise even more."
Sandra Scarano is also a William Raveis agent. She said, "With everything going on in the world today, it’s good to get together over fitness and to care about each other." Scarano is also a personal trainer and she knows that a positive attitude which is carried throughout a workout, allows fitness to become a natural medicine. She concludes, "This attitude helps you feel better about yourself."
The popular athletic competitions that use fitness as a fund-raising event draw a parallel between the attitude of the participants who should never give up while competing, just as those whom they support should never give up while suffering to fight cancer and other physical and mental ailments.
For more information on the Raveis ride and walk go to www.raveisrideandwalk.com.
For more information on the Damon Runyon cancer research foundation go to www.damonrunyon.org.