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Daily Inspiration

Daily Inspiration
In its fifth year, one local philanthropic event goes from one day of inspiration to 365. Find out how you can take advantage of this empowering opportunity.

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It's been five years and Spin for the Cure keeps on spinning. The philanthropic event geared toward the fight against breast cancer will celebrate its fifth ride Oct. 9.

 

For its fifth anniversary, Spin for the Cure will be making a couple special additions. Beyond going from the usual four-hour ride to a five-hour ride, this year's event will focus on individual survivors for empowerment. The ride is dedicated to Heather Ray, a woman who battled cancer almost her entire life and lost the fight in February.

 

Ray is one of 12 survivors who shared their beautiful selves for a whole year's worth of empowerment. Those 12 women provide visual inspiration in the 2011 Spin for the Cure Calendars. "I came up with a calendar because I thought, well, every month it gives an inspiration to the person who purchases the calendar," Event Founder Vickie Magliano says.

 

The calendar features a photo of one cancer survivor for every month, and each woman gave a quote that keeps them going. Kelly Reichart's says, "You have two choices…give up or fight like hell. Guess which one I chose?" while Amy Beal's reminds you, "Believe in yourself and you can do anything."

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Besides the inspiration the calendar provides for people who buy it, the experience in creating the calendar gave the survivors a chance to show their beauty. Each woman worked with photographer Gary Lerma of Deogracias Lerma Photography in a photo shoot that allowed them to bring out their own personality and have some model moments. "It's the beauty coming out and letting people know, 'Look at me. I am a survivor. I am beautiful. Take me as I am,'" Magliano says.

 

Magliano also is encouraging Spin for the Cure participants to bring a photo of a loved one who is a cancer survivor to attach to their stationary bikes for the ride so that they can "ride for that person," she says. During their fight against the pedals, participants then can look at their loved ones, remember their battle against cancer and find strength to carry on in honor of their survivors. "That's what's going to force them to continue and stay strong and keep going," Magliano says.

 

For more information about Spin for the Cure, visit SpinfortheCureCincinnati.com. The calendars will be available for purchase at the event.

 


PHOTO CREDITS

Photo courtesy of Spin for the Cure

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