Written by Betsy Abraham, Babraham@antonnews.com Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
Danny Moritz was a senior at Cornell when he got the news that would change his life forever. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“I was speechless,” Danny said. “I wondered, why me?”
Though he was only one month away from graduation, he moved back home to Long Island. He finished up classes remotely while he underwent surgery and radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
Danny was able to return to school for his graduation ceremony and then resumed treatment during the summer. The surgery and radiation therapy were successful and this year, Danny celebrates 10 years of being cancer free.
Danny, along with his wife Amanda, recently celebrated this victory during a Cycle for Survival event held at the Equinox fitness club in Roslyn. The indoor cycling event, which is held at Equinox clubs nationwide, raises money for rare cancer research done by MSKCC. Participants sign up with a team of four to eight riders who take shifts pedaling stationary bikes for a four-hour session. They can also choose to go extreme, which means riding the entire four hours on their own. Once participants sign up, they fundraise and set up a page on the Cycle for Survival website where people can donate to the team or the individual.
Since its inception in 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $25 million and has directly funded 53 clinical trials and research studies. All of the proceeds go directly to MSKCC within six months of the event.
“Sloan Kettering’s a world class cancer facility. They were instrumental in my fight and anything we can do to give back is great,” Danny said.
The Oyster Bay Cove couple first got involved in Cycle for Survival last year, when Amanda heard about the event through her gym, Equinox.
“I thought it was an amazing opportunity to raise money and have a good time, especially because my husband is a cancer survivor. And then this year I decided to make a team and Danny got involved,” Amanda said.
Almost 700 people attended the Roslyn event, which Amanda described as high energy and a celebration of life.
“The energy this year was completely off the charts. Equinox brought in the best spin trainers they had. All the trainers just brought the energy and everyone who was there was so positive and excited. I lost my voice for three days from the amount of cheering I did,” Amanda said.
The event hit especially close to home for the Moritz’s, since Danny’s cancer was a rare one. This was Danny’s first year participating in the event and he got to ride on the “Fearless” bike, which was alternated among survivors.
“It’s somewhat emotional because it’s a celebration and it’s raising money for cancer-something I battled and won so there was definitely a feeling of excitement. I was also thinking about the people who weren’t so lucky and hope the event can raise a lot of money to be part of the fight,” Danny said.
Under the team name, “Danny’s Angels,” the couple, along with seven other friends and neighbors, were able to raise almost $22,000. Amanda says she hopes that next year, they can raise double that amount.
“We’re really happy to be part of the event and to keep spreading the word and raising money for the cause,” Amanda said. “It was really fate that brought us into Cycle for Survival. I was immediately drawn to it. I can’t explain why but I’m very grateful that we did.”
Another Cycle for Survival will take place March 2 and 3 in New York City at Equinox: Graybar located at 420 Lexington Ave. For details, visit cycleforsurvival.org.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Dodds and Eder will be hosting a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at their Sag Harbor location to showcase the work of Plein Air Peconic, an artist group dedicated to helping the Peconic Land Trust conserve the natural beauty of the East End. The reception will showcase “At Home in the Natural World” an exhibition and sale of landscape paintings and photographs. The exhibition is on view at Dodds and Eder, which is open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Many of the paintings and photographs in the show are larger works composed in the studio from field studies of preserved sites. By painting and photographing images of conserved land and other spaces of the East End, the artists call attention to what has already been accomplished by land conservation and the continuing need to protect these vital resources from unchecked development.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
A large crowd of almost 100 people gathered at 95 Shore Road in Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday, April 27 to celebrate the completion of the environmental clean up at the former Exxon Mobil site. The 8-acre waterfront parcel, where the oil tanks once stood, was donated to the North Shore Land Alliance for conservation purposes.
On a sunny picture-perfect spring afternoon, Land Alliance officers and staff were joined by elected officials, including State Senator Carl Marcellino, Huntington Town Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Mark Mayoka, Heather Amster, Region 1, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and community members to thank ExxonMobil for this valuable gift.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Ronald Caronia, MD, a glaucoma and cataract surgeon and partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) with Tom Burke, CEO of OCLI, participated in the first annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation’s “Run for Sight” 5K and 1-mile walk during the ASCRS/ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress in San Francisco. Dr. Caronia hails from Oyster Bay Cove and Mr. Burke is a resident of Islip.
The ASCRS partnered with TearLabs to host this first-ever “Run for Sight” event. It took place on Sunday, April 21 near the beautiful Japanese botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park. The event raised close to $25,000. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ASCRS Foundation’s cataract blindness treatment efforts.