Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Hamburg Hammer

Saturday Start time: 7:30 am

Sunday Start time:

Team: Team Keeley

ID: 149832

Lifetime total: $1,168.00

I am riding In Memory of Emma Finke.

I am riding In Honor of Matt Grzesiowski.


I am proud to join Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. This will be my first year participating in this event. I felt the need to step up and work towards ending this horrible disease this year because my dad, Matt Grzesiowski, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive stage 3 thymic carcinoma this spring. Everyone knows of countless people that have had to endure fighting this disease but I never really thought it would happen to me or to my family. When a mass was found in my dad's chest cavity they believed it to be a benign tumor that they would remove and that would be the end of it. But it wasn't until the tumor was removed and found to have spread that they realized it was in fact malignant. Then the waiting game took place while several doctors and pathologists from around the area studied this tumor and came to the realization it was in fact this rare and aggressive form of cancer. I saw how strong and positive my dad was and that gave me the strength to be strong and positive. Watching him go through a rigorous treatment plan that included 12 rounds of aggressive chemo over the course of 2 months and 30 rounds of radiation over the final 6 weeks was hard. But again, I watched my dad exude nothing but positivity and strength. He honestly acted like nothing was happening. Watching him go through this cemented something that I have already known for a long dad is my hero! He has always done anything and everything for his family, and watching him fight like this for him family pushed me to do this for him.

Please support my efforts by donating to my fundraiser, and give with confidence knowing that 100% of your donation will fund lifesaving cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital.