‘Not ready to check out yet’: Morristown bike icon Marty Epstein raising money to fight cancer, March 2

Marty Epstein, right, and son Jesse sport Team Marty wigs that approximate how Marty looked prior to cancer treatments. Photo courtesy of Marty Epstein
Marty Epstein, right, and son Jesse sport Team Marty wigs that approximate how Marty looked prior to cancer treatments. Photo courtesy of Marty Epstein, February 2019.
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All sorts of colorful terms describe Marty Epstein, owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle and founder of the Gran Fondo NJ.

“Quitter” is not one of them.

So far his “Team Marty” network of friends and fans has raised nearly $50,000 to support efforts by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to cure rare cancers–like the metastatic prostate cancer that Epstein is battling.

This Saturday, March 2, 2019, Epstein will donate a portion of proceeds from sales at his bike shops in Morristown, Randolph and Hackettstown to Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival program.

Team Marty sale event

Since 2009, this national initiative has raised $209 million for cancer research via indoor team cycling events. Team Marty fielded 17 riders, who each pledged $1,000, at a spin session earlier this month in Summit.

The flu then sent the 69-year-old Epstein back to the hospital, where a tumor was discovered near his spine. He is undergoing a new round of radiation treatments, and has entered a clinical trial, administered by doctors from Johns Hopkins and Sloan Kettering, of Keytruda, a drug not yet approved for prostate cancer.

Diagnosed in 2014, Epstein credits a positive attitude with lifting his spirits lately.

“I feel much better. It’s remarkable,” Epstein said on Thursday, explaining that he is willing himself back to health.

“My new mantra is: I was dealt the wrong card, I wasn’t supposed to get cancer. I refuse to accept it. I have too much to live for: My family, my business. I’m not ready to check out yet,” he said.

If you want to encourage Epstein personally, he is planning 90-minute visits to each of his stores on Saturday, starting with Morristown at 10 am, followed by Randolph at 12:30 pm and Hackettstown at 3 pm.

Donations to Cycle for Survival on behalf of Team Marty may be made here.

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