Indoor Cycling Event to Benefit Mainers Affected by Cancer | Blogs
Arline Saturdayborn, of South Portland, refers to herself as a “biker babe.” She is 71-years-old and only became a biker one year ago in honor of her 70th birthday, when she spent 10 days biking along the Mekong River in Thailand. After conquering that adventure and facing her fear of turning 70, she decided that in each year of her eighth decade she is going to take on a new fear and meet it head on.
In January, Arline received an email from the Cancer Community Center asking her to help the center raise money through its Cycle4Care fundraiser. “I have never done fundraising, except for selling Girl Scout cookies as a child,” she says. She decided to face that fear and not only sign up for Cycle4Care but also take on the Ultimate Challenge. As an Ultimate Challenge participant she is committing to raising at least $250 and to ride for three hours. Arline thought to herself, “That’s nothing like the terror of a cancer diagnosis.” She has survived melanoma and uterine cancer, and has lost her sister, father, aunt, uncle and cousin to cancer. “I knew my opportunity to face my fear had come,” she says.
Arline has now raised almost $2,000 for the Cancer Community Center, surpassing her goal of $1,000 within just two days of creating her personal fundraising page and emailing friends and family asking for their support.
Arline is currently an intern at the Cancer Community Center where she teaches a class called “Let Your Yoga Dance.” She reflects on her time at the Center by saying, “Each week, I see the incredible education, support, wellness and just plain fun classes and opportunities the Center provides absolutely free. I love being part of such a generous, supportive, inspiring, practical and down-to-earth community.” Arline has been training for Cycle4Care on a stationary bike and has been amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support for her and the Cancer Community Center. She says, “I love knowing that we are part of something so much larger than each one of us as we support the work of the Cancer Community Center.”
To register for Cycle4Care, create your own free fundraising page, or get more information visit Cycle4Care.org.
3rd Annual Cycle4Care Event Details
What: Indoor Cycling Extravaganza
When: Friday, January 25, 2013
Where: UNE’s Finley Recreation Center, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine
Why: To raise funds needed to support the free programs and services offered by the Cancer Community Center in South Portland
Time: 4pm – 12am
Registration Fees: $20 per hour of riding
If you have any questions, call Jennifer Nelson at the Cancer Community Center at 207-774-2200.
About the Cancer Community Center
The Cancer Community Center is the place to start when you don’t know where to begin. Since its inception in 1998, the Center has helped thousands of adults coping with the effects of cancer through free support, information and activities. The Center provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere for any adult impacted by cancer, caregivers, friends and family.