by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Pedaling for a Cure

Event: Padres Pedal the Cause | Saturday, Nov. 17 | Petco Park

volunteer_koman2Bill and Amy Koman relocated to Rancho Santa Fe eight years ago, but their impact on the entire San Diego community far exceeds their recent residency. Upon moving to the area, the Komans expanded the organization and event they founded in their hometown of St. Louis, MO – Pedal the Cause, a cycling event to raise money for cancer research.

Bill and Amy’s commitment to cancer research comes from personal experience. “Bill is a two-time cancer survivor and our family is deeply grateful for the care he received that ultimately saved his life. We are committed to doing everything we can to help accelerate cures for cancer, which will come from research,” shared Amy. Their contributions to the cancer research community is evidenced in both participation and dollars raised.

In partnership with the San Diego Padres, Pedal the Cause will host over 2,000 participants at Petco Park on Saturday, Nov. 17. People can choose from four cycling rides over the Coronado Bridge, a new family-friendly 5K walk/run, spin classes on the field, or a kids ride, with all activities finishing centerfield at Petco. The event culminates in an afternoon celebration on the field with “great music, food, and an inspirational program on the main stage that captures what this event is all about – hope and progress in the fight against cancer,” Amy said.


Names: Amy and Bill Koman
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Volunteer Affiliation: Padres Pedal the Cause
Occupations: CEO of The Koman Group, Founders of Padres Pedal the Cause
Family: Three daughters – Nicole, Laine, and Blaire
Hobbies & Interests: Yoga, meditation, food and wine, travel, advocating for cancer research
Favorite Local Spots: Dinner at the Pony Room at Rancho Valencia, walking the RSF Golf Course

volunteer_koman3To date, Padres Pedal the Cause has donated over $7 million to fund 42 cancer research projects in San Diego. Each year, the organization awards 15 to 20 “Discovery Grants,” which enable the top physicians and research scientists in San Diego to collaborate and explore promising areas of cancer research that often lead to high-reward results and additional funding from other sources.

In addition to Pedal the Cause, Bill has also served on the UCSD Moores Cancer Center Advisory Board, and Amy has been involved with the National Charity League for the last 10 years. They have three daughters who are also deeply involved with their school and community.

As a family, health and wellness are a priority. “Bill never misses a home game for his daughters – soccer, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse,” Amy acknowledged. This is also an aspect the Komans appreciate about Rancho Santa Fe. “We love the relaxed nature of RSF and the positive, healthy culture in this community,” Amy said.

San Diego has been a great fit for the Komans and Padres Pedal the Cause. “Cancer is personal for so many people. It affects all of us. It’s rewarding to work alongside so many others who are committed to making a difference and accelerating cures,” said Amy. “We hope everyone will get involved and be there on Nov. 17.”

Event Name: Padres Pedal the Cause
Contact: Anne Marbarger, Executive Director –
Mission: Padres Pedal the Cause is dedicated to funding collaborative cancer research in San Diego. To date, Padres Pedal has raised and donated over $7.1 million to fund 42 translational research projects at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Rady Children’s Hospital, and Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. It is our goal that the research funded by Padres Pedal the Cause will lead to increased survivorship and ultimately, a cure.