Pedal the Cause nets $1.5 million for cancer research – so far
More than 1,850 St. Louisans participated the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 to “Pedal the Cause” for local cancer research. This year’s cycling challenge, founded in 2010 by Bill Koman, raised $1.5 million, 100 percent of which will be used to fund research at Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
“The money that St. Louisans raised (this year) will help fund research projects, which may someday prove vital in providing a cure for one or more types of cancer,” Jay Indovino, Pedal the Cause executive director, said. “Last year’s proceeds are currently at work funding 12 research projects, including four focused on cures for cancers affecting children. This research could ultimately lead to a cure for a disease that strikes one in two men and one in three women.”
The 2012 event kicked off with the Pedal the Cause Kids Challenge and a Saturday evening program featuring NewsChannel 5’s Leisa Zigman and former St. Louis Rams linebacker Chris Draft. Sunday’s cycling challenge featured several courses, stretching from downtown to West County and back again. Participants were of all ages and skill levels and included many teams of cancer survivors, medical professionals or others riding to honor a loved one.
Donations can be made through October 31 at www.pedalthecause.org. Total 2012 donations will be announced on Nov. 15.