Buddy Check 9: Cycle For Survival

6:32 AM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA) --  Saturday is the 9th of the month. But you don't have to wait until then to call your Buddies.  A monthly BSE, annual mammogram, and a visit to a doctor or nurse practitioner can make a difference when it comes to your breast health.

Two months into the New Year, how are you doing with your resolutions? Next week, on Valentine's Day, instead of chocolate, show your love by giving a beautiful basket of fruits and veggies.

A new study finds micro-nutrients in these foods can reduce your breast cancer risk. They help keep tumors from growing. Something else you can do today to fight cancer is support a special bike ride this weekend in Bethesda.

"From that mirror all the way over there a sea of bikes---a vision to behold," said Adin Alai, DC Metro Area Manager of EEEquinox in Bethesda. He's excited about hosting Sunday's Cycle For Survival. Nearly 200 bikes will span the entire length of the gym's second floor. Riders will be cycling all day long in two shifts.

Mary Dolbashian, a survivor, told us, "Every bike is full with people who put themselves out there willing to stand for the possibility for a cure for cancer."

Dolbashian will be on one of those stationary bikes Sunday. She and her 16-member team will be getting a strenuous workout and celebrating months of successful fund raising to help finance therapies into rare cancers.

"My individual goal is $10,000, which I'm $35 short of at the moment. And my team goal was 3$30,000 And I'm at $27,036 right now," shared Dolbashian.

This is Dolbashian's second year Cycling For Survival. One hundred percent of all the funds raised will benefit the most promising research and clinical trials into rare cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY.

It's not just a worthwhile cause for Mary; it's highly personal. After being misdiagnosed in 2009, she endured 9 surgeries to fight Stage 3 Metastatic Breast Cancer. She still faces severe side effects from the toxic cancer treatments she received aimed at preventing a recurrence.

Dolbashian says she had 34 radiation treatments, developed chronic lung disease and has heart damage.  "If you're not strong-- it's not good," said Dolbashian.

Today that stronger, determined Dolbashian is not content to just sit on the sidelines. She is fully engaged in the fight against breast cancer, and all rare cancers and she's asking for your support her.

Dolbashian told us, "We're all in this together. No one beats cancer unless we all beat cancer."

Registration to be a DC Cycle For Survival team member this year is closed. But you can still support Team Mary. Make your donation to Team Mary until April at cycleforsurvival.org

100% of your donation will benefit research into rare cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY.