Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: 40 miles

Team: Powered by Hope

ID: 28647

Lifetime total: $6,600.50


Dear family and friends,

As a colon cancer and breast cancer survivor, I feel honored to be part of an event that is both personal and important to me-- Pedal the Cause.
I am forever grateful for the excellent care and treatment I received from Siteman Cancer Center in 2013. With my diagnosis, I was asked to be part of a clear colon study that tracked patients while going through either 12 or 6 rounds of chemo and taking daily either a placebo or the drug Celebrex. Because I knew that Sitemam was a renowned medical research center, I decided to support Siteman and participate in this blind study with 12 chemo rounds. I can gratefully say, that after seven years of being followed, I successfully completed the study and also was released from Siteman with no more follow-up care. In January 2019, I rang the bell for the very last time!

In late 2016, however, after getting my annual mammogram, I also was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. While unrelated to my first diagnosis, once again, I had to ride the ups and downs of this crazy disease. Riding the ups and downs is a perfect metaphor for why I keep riding up those hills and down those hills. Riding keeps me humble. It challenges me and as long as I physically am able, I will continue to cycle just as I cycled through cancer, treatment, and after-care.

More than anything, I pray that in my life-time, we will find a cure for cancer. That is why I am continuing to participate in Pedal the Cause, now for the 8th year. PTC has the mission to provide funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital through this annual cycling challenge in hopes that the research funded by their event will ultimately lead to a cure for cancer.

Please join me as we pedal toward a world without cancer. 100% of your donation will go directly to cancer research. Any support you can give will be greatly appreciated by me and countless others.

Thank you and God bless.

Claire (Clayr)WhyIRide_ch