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Danbury Woman Cycling 2,100 Miles To Help Best Friend With Cancer

Jennifer Lynch of Danbury, left, is planning a cycling fundraiser to help her friend Ericka Onorato, who is battling breast cancer. Photo Credit: Contributed
Cycle My Heart Out - New England will also benefit Ann's Place, a cancer support center in Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. — Jennifer Lynch of Danbury has launched a fundraising campaign and cycling marathon called Cycle My Heart Out – New England, to help a childhood friend who is stricken with breast cancer.

Lynch, 37, plans to criss-cross New England as she bikes 2,100 miles in 30 days to raise funds to benefit her best friend, Ericka Onorato, and Ericka's family as well as Ann’s Place, a cancer support center in Danbury. 

Lynch will leave from Danbury on Oct. 1 and cycle for 30 days, using a variety of routes that will include the mountainous region near North Conway, N.H., as well as the coastal region of Cape Cod. 

The two women, who met as children at Shelter Rock Elementary School in Danbury, are telling their story of the cancer journey as well as the biking marathon on a blog.

Onorato, 38, of New Milford was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in March. She successfully underwent 16 weeks of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy but is still facing six weeks of radiation. 

Here is Lynch's cycling schedule so far, with the 2,100 miles broken up into different legs. 

For more information on her ride and to make donations, go to: or

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