Pedal the Cause

Kids Challenge sponsored by Ameren

Team: Fleer's Flat Driveway

ID: 123037

Lifetime total: $50.00


I am proud to join Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. Pedal the Cause is more than the region's top cycling event. It's a way of life, a celebration, and a movement fueled by the courage to end cancer.

It takes world-class research to create a world without cancer. Please help me in this journey by donating to my ride, and give with confidence knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

For Fleer's Flat Driveway, we ride. It is the driveway of our elderly widowed neighbor. He suddenly lost his wife to a previously undiagnosed rapid and aggressive spinal cancer early the past summer of 2015. His wife always kept the lawn and drive meticulous. She always welcomed our children to the "flattest driveway in the neighborhood" so they would have a flat, clean and safe place to ride their bikes and scooters. They have grown and learned to ride on their driveway. From trikes to training wheels to wheelies. She truly enjoyed watching our children play, reminiscing her own three well grown children that used to do the same. After her passing, Ethan independently took it upon himself to keep the driveway clean and safe, for his siblings and more so for the widowed neighbor when he makes the walk down across the way to get his mail. Ethan drives our large push broom down in his jeep to his home's driveway and sweeps it, before he plays. Whether it is acorns or leaves or grass, at least once a week he is making the trip to his driveway. The innocent and pure hearted kindness of a friend, a neighbor we have and have lost.

For all the families and loved ones whom are coping with their illness and coping with those whom whom have passed, we ride. For our neighbor behind our home whom recently passed of brain cancer while his wife cared for him as she struggled with her own leukemia, we ride. To our great uncle whom passed abruptly of a postoperative complication following cancer surgery of the neck, we ride. To our great-grandparents that we have never had the opportunity to meet, we ride. To the friends of my parents whom they have loved and lost to cancer over the years, we ride. For the questions of why, that cannot be answered, we ride.

For the future hope of a cure, we ride.