Pedal the Cause announced the results of its 2023 fundraising campaign to a packed house at The Factory in Chesterfield in November, and reached new heights. A record-breaking $5,003,916 was donated to Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to fund the best new ideas in adult and pediatric cancer research.
The donation is the highest ever made in the organization’s 14-year history. Founded in 2010 with the model of using 100 percent of public donations to fund world-class cancer research, Pedal the Cause has donated more than $45.8 million, financing 211 cancer-fighting projects that lead to new treatments, cures, preventions, and early detection diagnostics.
“Crossing the $5 million mark has been a goal of ours for many years,” said David Drier, executive director of Pedal the Cause. “After a remarkable event in September, we felt this momentum from our community to push our impact further than we’ve ever gone. We are deeply thankful to all our Pedal the Cause riders, fundraisers, donors, sponsors, and supporters for making 2023 one for the history books. The impact of these dollars is bringing us ever closer to our shared mission of creating a world without cancer.”
“Without this incredible partnership of Pedal participants, we would not be able to lead the country in groundbreaking discoveries that lead to new treatments for our patients — and more hope,” said Dr. Timothy J. Eberlein, director of Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
New Venue for 2024
At its Check Presentation Celebration in November, Pedal the Cause also announced a new venue and courses for its 2024 cycling event after hosting its ride in Chesterfield since 2015. Organizational leadership embarked on a multi-year search to find the best possible home to allow thousands of riders to safely take to the roads while offering room for the organization to grow, expand regionally, and increase their impact. Ultimately, they found the Family Arena in St. Charles would offer an enhanced ride village experience and access to exciting new courses, putting rider safety as priority one.
“Next year marks the 15th year of Pedal the Cause, and we have so much to look forward to,” said Drier. “Our new home in St. Charles is emblematic of our growth as a regional event: Courses cross three counties, two states, and two major rivers. Not only will the courses provide a safer, less crowded, and scenic experience for our riders, but our new home gives us room to continue to expand and therefore increase our donation each year to fund vital cancer research. In our new home, the sky is the limit.”