East Brunswick family cycles for a cure

September 6, 2012 by  

Cancer has hit close to home for the Goydos family of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. James Goydos is the director of the Melanoma and Soft Tissue Oncology Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. His parents and in-laws have also battled both breast and prostate cancer.

That makes his family’s participation in the upcoming Century for the Cure that much more personal. The Century for the Cure is an annual 100-mile bicycle race to raise money for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation. The race is now in its eighth year.

The entire Goydos family will participate in a race. Maria Martins, the wife of Dr. Goydos, will ride in a 40 mile race with the couple’s 14-year-old son, Matthew Goydos, who is currently a student at East Brunswick Junior High. His older brothers, 16-year-olds Christopher and Ryan, will ride in the 100-mile race with their father. Matthew will be riding not only in memory of his grandparents, but in memory of a childhood friend who battled cancer at the age of 10.

To motivate her family, Martins created wristbands with the family’s name printed on them. To further gee them up on the day of the race, she might consider banner printing from an East Brunswick print company.

The family has spent the last 12 weeks in training. Matthew says he trains by riding 10 miles each day. Training has not only helped them prepare physically for the race on September 8, it has also helped bring them together as a family.