Pedal the Cause Raises $4.5 Million for Cancer Research
Monday, November 19, 2018
The St. Louis community braved the snowy weather at Ballpark Village Nov. 15 as Pedal the Cause announced it had raised $4,524,521 — a record-breaking total for the annual cycling challenge with the stated goal of “helping to create a world without cancer.”
A significant portion of Pedal the Cause proceeds are then administered by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital to benefit critical cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. The Foundation directs these funds to support 80 adult research projects that are leading to advances in breast cancer, melanoma and pancreatic cancer vaccines; better treatments for pancreatic cancer, leukemia and lymphoma; breakthrough findings in metastatic cancers; and much more.
Funds are also used to support Siteman Kids and nearly 30 pediatric research projects at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
In this ninth year, the event involved nearly 3,600 riders and spinners, 377 Kids Challenge participants, more than 1,200 volunteers and more than 40,000 donors. Since Pedal the Cause was created in 2009, the organization has donated more than $24 million toward cancer research.
The 2019 Pedal the Cause ride weekend is scheduled Sept. 28 and 29.