Local Event Funds Cancer Research in San Diego
Padres Pedal the Cause
Padres Pedal the Cause, a nonprofit organization founded by Rancho Santa Fe residents Bill and Amy Koman, raised $2.9 million for local cancer research at its annual event in November at Petco Park. Over 2,500 participants cycled 25 to 100 miles on one of four routes across San Diego, spun in a high-energy stationary bike class, ran or walked a 5K, or rode a tricycle or scooter in the kids’ challenge. All events ended on the field at Petco Park with live music, food, and activities for teams and families.
Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger presented the check to beneficiary representatives from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego at a celebratory gathering in January. “2018 was an unprecedented year for Padres Pedal the Cause – we expanded our community with the addition of a 5K run/walk on event day, we hit our largest annual fundraising total to date, and we awarded a record number of grants to fund translational cancer research projects, including, for the first time, five clinical trials,” said Anne. “It’s inspiring to see the impact of the Padres Pedal community in San Diego. Cancer affects every one of us in some way, and we are proud to invest in local research.”
Since 2013, Padres Pedal the Cause has raised and donated over $10 million to fund 53 translational research projects and clinical trials. Registration for this year’s event on Nov. 16 will open in mid-April. For more information visit www.gopedal.org.