Jennifer Goodman Linn You Fearless

My 15 Minutes of Fame

I had such a great week! Dave nominated me to be one of Self Magazine's first ever "Women who Do Good". Self received thousands of applications yet they chose me! In addition to donating $10,000 to CycleForSurvival (the new name of our event - please check out, they held an awards ceremony at The Top of The Rock in New York City. Hoda Kotb from The Today Show was the host of the evening and she invited us to appear on her show to talk about our work (see link below). The evening was truly wonderful. Self held a photo shoot (video to come) and it was so much fun...I got my hair cut, my make-up done and had a stylist pick out all of my clothes. Now I just need to grow 8 inches and lose 30 pounds so I can look like Giselle Bundchen and make this my lifestyle :) I could get used to this!
Dave's Nomation At the age of 33, my wife Jen was (and still is) a beautiful woman. It was 2004, and Jen was the picture of good health. She ate the right foods and exercised almost every day. We were newly married and both enjoying success in our careers after graduating from a prestigious business school. Everything seemed right in the world. However, late that same year, Jen experienced persistent flu-like symptoms, constant night sweats, and a loss of appetite. She went through a range of tests before receiving the diagnosis – she had Sarcoma, a rare and often fatal form of cancer. Rather than letting this diagnosis defeat her, Jen used it as an inspiration to make the world a better place. She is “doing good” each and every day by raising important funds for cancer research and by inspiring patients all over the world to fight against this deadly disease. Even while undergoing 3 major surgeries and more than 24 months of chemotherapy which continues to this very day, Jen decided to help others in need. Starting completely from scratch, Jen created Spin4Survival ( to raise money directly for cancer research, with a particular focus on less common “orphan” cancers that don’t receive the funding they desperately require. Jen is being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. MSKCC is a leading cancer hospital with a long history that dates back to the 1800’s. However, they had never seen an event like Spin4Survival; they proudly told Jen that it was the most successful patient-organized fundraiser in its history! In just two short years, this indoor “spin-a-thon” raised more than $850,000 for cancer research. Each day of indoor cycling was an inspirational day of sweat, emotions, and “doing good” for everyone whose lives have unfortunately been touched by cancer. The money raised by Spin4Survival goes directly into research studies, which already have benefited cancer patients through improved treatment protocols. Furthermore, Jen has been an inspiration to people around the world. Her time is scarce as she juggles chemotherapy treatments, daily exercise, Spin4Survival, and a full-time career as a marketing executive. However, Jen always makes time to help those who reach out to her after reading her blog or hearing her story. Every week we receive calls and emails – cancer patients tell Jen how she inspires them to live without fear, and perfectly healthy people say that Jen reminds them of what is truly important in life. As just one example, a cancer patient recently wrote to Jen and said, “I find comfort in the fact that another young, vibrant person is going through this. Jen, you have truly helped and inspired me.” Jen often says, “I have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me.” With that positive attitude and desire to help others, she has made the world a better place by rallying people to raise funds for critical research and by inspiring them to live their lives to the fullest.