Spin for Life Saturday at DCCC

Mark Snyder, two-time cancer survivor, leads effort
Feb. 26, 2013 @ 04:58 PM


Without experience, some cannot comprehend the trials of others.
Mark Snyder has lived through the trials that come with cancer, and now advocates for those with whom he shares the struggle of recovery. A survivor of the disease himself, Snyder is once again spearheading Saturday's fifth annual Spin for Life indoor ride from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Brinkley Gymnasium on the campus of Davidson County Community College.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit children and families victimized by cancer.
"When you have cancer and your life is threatened, you don't know if you're going to make it six months. You put your priorities in order," said Snyder. "Cancer affects so many people, and so many helped me through my battle, we're all here to make the world a better place to live. If we all work together, we can do that. It's an awesome thing to take some of that burden off of people."
With the help of partnering agencies, Tom A. Finch YMCA, J. Smith Young YMCA and a two local fitness centers — Triangle Fitness and Fitness Forum — Snyder anticipates a record crowd on hand for the event, themed "Keeping the Dreams Alive." Donations from partnering organizations continue to roll in and Snyder says his goal for this year is to have 100 stationary bicycles to accommodate participants.
"Last year, we had 75 team bikes in there. All of a sudden, more teams came in without registering and we had 82," he said. "Last year, we had about 500 people. This year, we expect 650."
As Snyder twice survived bouts with cancer, he said his passion of cycling helped him to stay fit — which he attributes to being instrumental in recovery. Thus, he made the goal of Spin for Life to promote good health through a fun exercise program. With the help of Carolina Cancer Services, Kisses4Kate and the American Society, his mission to help people with their financial struggles and changing lifestyles became a reality.
"People come and get into an exercise program, join gyms and things like that," said Snyder, who  hopes to educate people about bone marrow donation at the event. "People who don't feel like they can come out and ride, they can get on the registry to become a bone marrow donor. The little bit of pain we go through for somebody else's life, you can't measure it."
For more information about the event, visit www.spin4life.net.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.