Paramus Teen Raises Money for Rare Cancer Research
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, February 14 2014 @ 04:38 PM EST
Paramus resident Vincent Bonastia, an East Brook Middle School student who lost his 19-year-old brother Robbie last July to a rare form of kidney cancer, is taking part in a kids’ fundraising program for the organization Cycle for Survival.
Cycle for Survival is a non-profit group dedicated to raising money for rare cancers. Participants raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center by holding indoor cycling events throughout the country. Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised $43 million, funding 85 clinical trials at Sloan Kettering.
Cycle for Survival will be having its first kids’-only indoor cycling event on Saturday, February 22nd, from noon to 3 pm at Primary Prep Elementary School, 41 Tuers Avenue, Jersey City. The event, for ages 5 through 15, will include cycling, a DJ, food and fun activities for participants and their families.
Vincent and his mother, Michele, got involved in Cycle for Survival when they saw a 6-year-old New Jersey boy, Ethan Sandlofer, on the news. Ethan, who lost his mother to a rare form of cancer, had attended a Cycle for Survival adult event and decided to organize the kids-only event in Jersey City. When the Bonastia family heard about Ethan’s efforts, they decided to get involved.
Vincent and Ethan’s team has already raised over $50,000 for the kids cycling event. Anyone who is interested in supporting their efforts can visit http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/vincentbonastia.
“I am cycling in memory of my brother Robert Bonastia. Robbie was a healthy 19-year-old athlete who had just started college, when he woke up with a funny feeling in his belly. He was diagnosed with cancer the next day, and he passed away after a 9-month battle of a rare form of kidney cancer. He was my best friend, so nice, and really funny. I miss him so much. Robbie was a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. I hope this can help towards curing cancer. It is an honor to be in the first all kids Cycle for Survival,” said Vincent Bonastia.
For any questions regarding the event, contact Ethan’s Biker Buddies at firstname.lastname@example.org.