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JCC, Hot Ryde Host Annual Spinathon

Event benefits Michael’s Mission

On Sunday, April 1, bikers geared up for the 7th annual Spinathon to benefit Michael’s Mission.

Forty-five athletes took part in the event, which traversed four different fitness centers, including the Sid Jacobson JCC and Hot Ryde in Roslyn, Equinox Fitness in Woodbury, and Lifetime Fitness in Syosset.  All of the spin and exercise instructors volunteered their services to teach the classes. The spinners biked and grooved to the rhythm of invigorating music for 30-minute intervals at three of the locations.  Warm yoga, Pilates and ViPR classes were interspersed with the spin segments for an additional fitness challenge to the athletes.  Participants traveled as a group by a coach to each site. Food was served on the bus and local merchants provided raffle prizes.

Michael’s Mission was formed to honor and remember Michael Soussa, who at the age of 30, was diagnosed with cancer. After three years of fighting, Michael passed away.  His courage, vitality and experience inspired his family and friends to form Michael’s Mission.

The organization, formed in 2009, is working to build an interactive, online community to deliver resources, support, and research to patients with colorectal cancer, as well as their family, friends and physicians.  It is also funding research initiatives at Weill-Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital, spearheaded by a leading expert in gastrointestinal oncology, Dr. Allyson Ocean.

This annual event is the brainchild of Dr. Alan Sloyer, a practicing gastroenterologist in Great Neck and an avid spin enthusiast.

The events website can be found at www.spin2k.com, where one can find photos, event recaps and links regarding colon cancer screening and prevention.  Donations to Michael’s Mission can be made at www.michaelsmission.org.  

For additional information on colon cancer screening, contact Dr. Sloyer at 487-2444.