Celebrate the Life of Fearless Blogger Jen Goodman Linn, the Founder of Cycle For Survival

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It is with very heavy heart that I write to inform you that Jen Goodman Linn, the wife of David Linn, passed away yesterday at the age of 40 after a long battle with a rare form of cancer (abdominal sarcoma). Jen and Dave met in business school and have been together for the past twelve years or so at this point.  Both Dave and Jen are dear friends of my entire family and most of my friends from business school. 

One of the first blog posts I wrote when I started at ActiveRain in April was on "Loved Ones Battling Cancer"  Jen was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was only 33.  Rather than sulk, Jen and Dave created Cycle For Survival which is an annual spin cycling event that takes place all over the country early in the year (generally January and February).  Cycle For Survival was founded by Jen Goodman Linn and her husband David Linn in 2007.  Since then, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $9 million for the research into rare forms of cancer that are generally underfunded and under-researched by hospitals, academics, pharmaceutical companies, and the government in general.  Cycle for Survival is the most successful fundraiser for New York's Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. 

Jen is an AMAZING blogger of her experiences with cancer and her mission with Cycle for Survival.  Check out her web site at YouFearless.com and Jen Goodman Linn's blog right here.

Below is a wonderful news segment on Dave and Jen, their relationship and life together.

Jen posted this video on YouTube when she turned 40. 

Jen was an amazing person.  She will be missed by the thousands of people that she has touched and inspired.   Check out Jen Goodman Linn's FaceBook page which has hundreds of heart warming messages.

We love you Jen and Dave.  We will miss you with all our heart.

Jen's funeral will be held tomorrow Friday July 22 at Riverside Memorial Chapel at 180 West 76th Street at 11:45am.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Cycle For Survival to continue the search for cures to rare forms of cancer. 

Please conisder making a donation at www.cycleforsurvival.org

  

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That is so sad. I don't know what to say. That is so sad . . .

Jul 21, 2011 05:36 PM #1
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She created and left a leagacy that will continue in her name and your friend Jen will go on helping others fight the fight.  She is an inspiration and I will certainly donate.

Jul 21, 2011 05:49 PM #2
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Niki, I'm so sorry for your loss and Jen sounds like an amazing person.  It looks like she lived more life in her 40 years than most people do in twice that amount time.  Her accomplishments will just keep on giving for years to come.  She'll be remembered not just for her life, but for the life she's added to others thru the monies she raised to help cure them.

Jul 21, 2011 06:03 PM #3
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Hi Nikesh, I am sincerely sorry for your loss.  Losing a good friend, especially longtime college friends like that is hard.  I watched several of the videos of Jen, and checked out her blog, she looks like she was and is an inspiration to   thousands, if not millions of people.  Seeing some of the photos of her reminded me of my mother's battle with cancer and some of the things she went through.  She passed away in 2005.  My heart goes out to you and your family Niki and David Linn.  They aught to play that video of her dancing in the bedroom at her funeral today.  You have my deepest sympathies and will be in our prayers.

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This one hit home. My wonderful husband is still fighting a diagnosis of  abdominal liposarcoma. We were told ten years ago that we had a zero chance of survival!

My heart goes out to all who loved the beautiful young woman!

Margaret

Jul 22, 2011 04:54 PM #5
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