Pedal the Cause raises millions for cancer research


“For me it’s always great to remember my dad. The energy is so much fun,” said one cyclist

Four thousand cyclists will tour the Chesterfield Shopping Center this weekend to raise money for cancer research.

As of Saturday morning, $ 3.1 million had been raised, bringing Pedal The Cause’s 12-year total to more than $ 35 million, according to executive director David Drier.

Money raised goes to Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

“They each contact their networks and receive $ 10 in donations or up to $ 10,000 in donations,” Drier said. “So that really stimulates the whole community to come together for this cause.”

Drier said that was only part of the final tab.

“The research that we funded with all of these dollars was so successful that it attracted an additional $ 200 million from federal sources,” Drier said.

The executive director does double duty, taking the time to ride with the team he co-captains.

“I’m doing 20 miles,” Drier said. “As the executive director, I don’t want to be away from all the action here for too long, but I do want to go out and shake a few hands and say hello to all these great riding people.”

Drier’s daughter, Victoria, lost her battle with cancer in 2019. He and other cyclists have personal connections to Pedal the Cause.

“For me, it’s always great to remember my dad,” said Mandy Rupp, a horse rider. “The energy is so much fun.”

She brought her young cousin Elena Baker for her first Pedal the Cause experience.

“I’m excited and a little nervous,” Baker said. But her big cousin won’t leave her behind. “The 10-mile run is much more intense than the 10-mile bike run,” Rupp said. “So we can rest and do it slowly and easily. We’re just here to have fun.

One hundred percent of donations come from the public. Pedal the Cause supports 164 cancer research projects. These projects often produce groundbreaking results that lead to new treatments and cures, prevention and early detection diagnoses, moving us closer and closer to our shared mission of creating a world without cancer.

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