The 2019 Pedal the Cause generated a record-breaking $4.74 million in donations to support cancer research at The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This critical funding will help provide seed money for projects that often turn into groundbreaking results leading to new treatments and cures.
This year’s final figure, which was announced at a check presentation ceremony Nov. 21, brings the total funds donated by Pedal the Cause over the past 10 years to $29,077,611. This money has funded 130 cancer research projects, including those supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Cancer Frontier Fund. This fund is specifically designed to speed up promising research aimed at producing new tests, imaging technologies, drugs, vaccines and other therapies to help patients survive or stop cancer before it starts.
“The support of the St. Louis community through Pedal the Cause has been vital to us as we advance discoveries and cures for the tens of thousands of patients at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids,” says BJC president and CEO Rich Liekweg. “This remarkable gift from Pedal the Cause will go to work immediately as we push toward a future without cancer and continue to lead the field as a top-tier research institution.”
The two-day cycling event, held Sept. 28 and 29 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, drew 3,725 riders and spinners, 522 children, more than 1,000 volunteers, and thousands of spectators. Donations were accepted through Oct. 31. The next Pedal the Cause will take place Sept. 26 and 27, 2020.
“On behalf of the entire Pedal the Cause community, we are honored to support best-in-class research at our world-class St. Louis beneficiaries, the Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital,” says Pedal the Cause executive director Jay Indovino. “These funds will stay in St. Louis and move the frontier forward in cancer research, supporting new treatments, cures and diagnostics for cancer patients here and around the world. We’ll keep riding our bikes and raising critical funds until we have a ‘world without cancer.’”
Of the total amount donated, BJC and Siteman-affiliated teams, which included employees, patients, family and friends, raised more than $551,000.