Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: 20 miles

Team: Stifel

ID: 13754

Lifetime total: $3,994.50

I am riding In Memory of Dave Hopper.

I am riding In Honor of Randy White.


On February 14, 2012 my father, 2016 Pedal The Cause Featured Fighter David Hopper, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Originally given a diagnosis of only 5 years to live, he fought for over 7 years to battle his cancer and play his role in the search for a cure! Sadly, he passed away - peacefully - on March 15th, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones. I am forever thankful for every extra day I got to spend with my father! Your donations help make it possible for people like my dad and families like mine to help win the war against cancer.

My dad loved the work he did with Pedal the Cause. In his seven years as a rider, he helped raise $127,782.81 for cancer research through his Pedal Fundraising! Last year, an additional $28,000 was raised in his memory, bringing his grand total to $156,000! His story, perseverance, spirit, dedication, faith, drive, determination, passion, and love for his life, family, friends, and well-wishers, serves as an inspiration to anyone who hears his story.

I thank God and the amazing people at Siteman Cancer Center for helping treat my dad's cancer to the best of their abilities. While prostate cancer currently has no known cure, these wonderful people have helped give my family, and warriors like my dad, hope that someday we will find one! These are the reasons for Why I Ride. I am joining the fight against cancer by participating in the 11th annual Pedal the Cause bike challenge on the morning of September 27th. This year will be my 9th Pedal Ride and my 190th Pedal Mile!

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

I have committed to raise $1227.64 by the end of October, 2020 but my goal is to raise even more! I have selected this amount to honor my dad, who was born on December 27th, 1964. Every penny and dime counts and goes towards research to find a cure for cancer, which accounts for over 25% of American deaths every year! All funds donated are for cancer research and 100% will go directly towards finding a cure. You can also make your donations in honor of my father at his Pedal the Cause Memorial Page.

The Hopper Family will have an army of riders fundraising and riding for Team Stifel in Pedal the cause this year in support of my Dad. My mother, Patty, and my siblings, Danny & Jessie, will be joining me on our 9th ride. My Aunt Sheila, cousin Tonya, and my Grandpa Hopper, will each be on their 6th ride. This will be my Aunt Bonnie's 5th Pedal the Cause. My Uncle Steve, Aunt Sarah, and cousins Andrew, Madison, Matthew, Adam, and Max will all be participating in their 3rd ride. Also joining for her third Pedal the Cause is my girlfriend, Sarah, who has been a rock for me through everything over the past 4 years. My Uncle Doug will also be reprising his role as our personal Paparazzi.

A special thank you to all the friends and family members who volunteer their time, help, donations, support, and enthusiasm each year to cheer on all the riders and help make this event possible each year. I would also like to thank Stifel for everything they have done to support this cause and my family.

God Bless!

You can watch my dad's 2016 Pedal The Cause Featured Fighters Video here: