Cyclists to Support St. Louis Cancer Research

Priscilla Visintine or Janet Ryan
314-821-8232 or 314-822-8860
or Angela Cobb


Aug. 23, 2010 – More than a thousand cyclists will gather Oct. 8 and 9 to join Pedal the Cause, the first St. Louis-based annual bike ride to support local cancer research. Participants in Pedal the Cause will enjoy a downtown celebration Friday night and a Saturday cycling event through St. Louis.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Pedal the Cause will stay in St. Louis to fund life-saving cancer research through the Cancer Frontier Fund, an initiative of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation that benefits the Siteman Cancer Center, and the Children’s Discovery Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

The two-day event will kick off at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 with an evening celebration for everyone involved. Riders, sponsors and volunteers can enjoy live entertainment, dinner and drinks at the Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut St. near the Gateway Arch. The event will offer participants the chance to learn about developing research from Washington University physicians with the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as listen to inspiring testimonials from cancer survivors.

“We feel strongly that cancer can be cured if we all work together as a community,” says Bill Koman, cancer survivor, CEO of Pedal the Cause and CEO of The Koman Group. “St. Louis has world-class facilities and hospitals for cancer research, and it’s our intent to support their efforts in every way possible.”

At 8 a.m. Oct. 9, the St. Louis community is invited to support the thousands of cyclists participating in the Pedal the Cause fundraising bike challenge event. The event features two moderate routes, 25 or 60 miles, which begin and end near the Soldiers Memorial. Along the routes, cyclists will see some of St. Louis’ finest attractions, such as Busch Stadium, Washington University and Forest Park. There will be water stops for spectators and cyclists, including one at Siteman’s facility at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and, for the longer course, a stop at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at Mason Road and Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur.

The Ride for a Child Program through Pedal the Cause offers teams the opportunity to raise funds and ride on behalf of a cancer patient from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The participating children and their families will be invited to take part in the festivities on both dates.

The Cancer Frontier Fund currently is supporting innovative clinical research at Siteman in the areas of melanoma vaccination, breast cancer vaccination and improving outcomes for leukemia and esophageal cancer patients.

“The organizers of Pedal the Cause believe in the possibility of a world without cancer, says Angela Cobb, executive director of the event. “The St. Louis-based organization created the event to raise funds for cancer research and care outside the scope of federal funding. Pedal the Cause hopes to become the largest charitable fundraiser in a weekend event in St. Louis.”

To register for the ride or sign up as a volunteer, visit Event coordinators are looking for volunteers in the months leading up to the event as well as for the Oct. 8 to 10 weekend.