Pedal the Cause

Team: Stifel

ID: 128682

Lifetime total: $172,509.41


WHY I RIDE

Dave Hopper was a 7-time Pedal the Cause rider, a Featured Fighter, a top fundraiser (3-time Road Warrior and 3-time Podium raising $127,782.81 over the course of his lifetime) and the inspiration for the creation of Team Stifel. The Pedal Family will always remember his vibrant smile, his kind and giving spirit as well as his passion for creating a world without cancer. Dave knew that prior research had extended his life expectancy and raising funds for Pedal and participating in clinical research trials was his way of paying it forward for future patients and their families.

The extended Hopper family would like to thank all the 2020 donors for raising almost $10,000 in Dave's memory last year bringing his 9-year total to just over $165,200! The Hopper Family was able to ride the Grant's Trail/River Des Peres Trail together in COVID 2020 but looks forward to being able to ride with Team Stifel and the rest of the Pedal Family in 2021! Let's keep the fundraising going in 2021 to help other families in their fights against cancer.

If you would like to ride with the Hopper family in 2021, feel free to register for Team Stifel and ride with Team Stifel and the Hopper family on the PTC Classic 20-mile course on Saturday, September 25th!

March 15th marked the 2-year anniversary of Dave's passing and has become the official PTC Kick-off date for Stifel Bank and Trust!

Below is what Pedal meant to Dave in his own words from his 7-year rider profile:

I'm still alive today because of the cancer research that has been done over the last 10 years. I have advanced prostate cancer that has spread to my lymph nodes and bones, and I have been told there is NO CURE for my condition, and that only 1 in 3 people with my diagnosis live longer than 5 years. I digested this diagnosis 5.5 years ago (ultimately Dave had a 7-year+ survival!) and I am still going. I ride because my hope is that fewer and fewer people, and eventually no one will have to hear the words I heard YOU HAVE CANCER AND THERE IS NO CURE FOR YOUR DISEASE. More and more people are being diagnosed with cancer each year and this is a chance to join the fight to help.

My family and I are joining the fight against cancer by participating in the Pedal the Cause bike challenge. Pedal the Cause has the mission to provide funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital through their annual cycling challenge in hopes that the research funded by their event will ultimately lead to a cure for all types of cancer.

Please help me in this journey to find a cure by donating to my ride.

Please join me in this grass-roots effort to advance research and find a cure.

Give with confidence knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Thank you,
Patty, Tommy, Danny and Jessie Hopper


MY PTC HISTORY

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