Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Big Hitter

Team: Team Leisa

ID: 42106

Lifetime total: $18,735.00

I am riding In Memory of Patty and Polly Broughton.


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. A celebration that I share with some of my best friends, my cycling buddies - Team Leisa!

My story? My mom died of cancer when I was 5 1/2, my brother was 17 months old. I ride to honor her memory. She was a nurse. She knew something was wrong. She wasn't feeling well. It was Thanksgiving and she confided in my grandmother, who was also a nurse. She went to her colleagues, medical professionals that she trusted. It was 1969. They suggested exploratory surgery. After removing organs and as much of the cancer as they could, they began radiation and chemotherapy. As she watched us open Christmas presents, she knew. She knew it was a death sentence that would prevent her from wrapping our presents 'from Santa' next year. In March 1970, the cancer won and she lost, we lost.

Her death changed my life in many ways. While horrible, it made all the challenges of my life, that were yet to come, seem not so bad. It gave me a much closer relationship with my grandmothers and aunts who tried to fill the void she left. It instilled a sense of urgency in me. Life is short, make every day count, it whispers in my ear everyday.

My father remarried. My stepmother Polly and he added to our family (my brother Jeff and sister Katie). Over 4 decades later, cancer came knocking again and we lost Polly.

To my friends who support me I issue a challenge, "Make me Donate my Money!" I will match dollar for dollar any amounts pledged up to $2,500 (over the last 8 years, I have donated over $18,000).

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. This research is focused on antiquating the 'cut and burn' techniques that failed my mom and stepmom, and instead produce a genomic response that heals.