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Briarcliff Spins for Pediatric Cancer Saturday

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Eighth-grader Jordana Cohen has helped out with the Pediatric Cancer Club of Briarcliff Manor since she was in kindergarten.

But after she learned that the club’s annual “bikeathon” through the Bronx River Parkway was being cancelled due to lack of funding, the 13-year-old Briarcliff Middle School student didn’t give up. Instead, Jordana and her mother Susan thought of a new way to bring all of the riders together with a new spin. The two are co-hosting the Spin for Pediatric Cancer starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Briarcliff’s SpinSational Fitness Club.

“I knew someone who died of cancer this year and I wanted to do something that would help the whole community,” Jordana said. “This way we’re still doing something and the ride can still happen. And 100 percent of the proceeds are going to the Pediatric Cancer Club.”

Susan Cohen said her daughter was “absolutely determined” for it to happen.

“We’ve done the ride for eight years and we found out it wasn’t going to happen and she approached me and said we had to do something,” Susan Cohen said. “And she and I have both gone to SpinSational before and done a class there. So she asked me about it and it was just the perfect idea.”

Barry Coleman, SpinSational owner and instructor, said he immediately said yes to the idea when the Cohens approached him in January.

“It was a no-brainer,” Coleman said. “It’s a great way to allow families to still get to ride in a new way. And this way, everyone can go at their own pace and we’ll still be doing it together. So of course I immediately agreed to do this when Jordana asked. It’s a huge benefit to the community and it makes sure that the ride happens.”

There are five ride sessions throughout the day at SpinSational Fitness Studio, 450 N. State Road. Donations to ride are $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Rides include raffle tickets for a prize drawing later in the day. No reservations are required.

“Of course 100 percent of the donations are going to pediatric cancer,” Coleman said. “This wasn’t about doing business, it was about doing something for the community.”  

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