I'm riding: Big Hitter

Team: Powered by Hope

ID: 45774

Lifetime total: $15,790.00

Start time: 8:00 AM - Wave 2

I am riding In Honor of Stella Faught.


For the sixth year in a row, I am riding and fundraising for cancer research with Pedal the Cause. On September 29th, I will ride 50 miles alongside thousands of other riders, all pedaling with a mission to cure cancer. This is a longer than normal message, so thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

As the second leading cause of death in the United States, the unfortunate reality of cancer is that even if you have not personally struggled with cancer, you likely know someone who has. Moreover, this statistic does not capture the struggle survivors go through in their successful battles against cancer. I ride because I know there's hope; I ride because I know advancements in treatment will save lives and lesson the struggle for cancer survivors; and I am also riding this year with two strong women on my mind. One of these strong women was diagnosed with breast cancer in mid-2018. She fought it and beat it. The other strong woman was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few months ago and is in the process of fighting it. We have no doubt that she will beat it. As you read the message below, please think of them and any loved ones that cross your mind.

For those of you that are new to my ride and Pedal the Cause, it is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit focused on raising critical funds for nontraditional, early-stage cancer research at one of the nation's top hospitals, Washington University in St. Louis Medical School's Siteman Cancer Research Center (ranked #17 nationally for cancer treatment). It is a 100% model, meaning thanks to great corporate sponsors, every dollar donated to rider campaigns are applied to cancer research. Since its inception nine years ago, Pedal and its riders have raised $24,334,189 and funded 118 research projects. Every dollar of fundraising is incredibly important because:

- Pedal is focused on early-stage, unproven research that initially goes unfunded at the federal level, helping move forward many research efforts that would otherwise never begin.

- These projects focus on advancements in adult and pediatric research topics ranging from brain to breast cancer. For example, just one week ago, Pedal announced that researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found a chemical compound that promotes a vigorous immune assault against pancreatic cancer. The world needs more breakthroughs like these!

- On average, within five years of starting a project, funded research scientists have obtained $7 dollars in federal funding for every $1 dollar of Pedal the Cause funding. That's a 7:1 return on investment in five years!

Pedal's goal to create a cancer-free world is contingent upon folks like us donating precious time, talent, and treasure. I am not writing to ask you to help me meet a fundraising minimum (in fact, because this is so incredibly important to me, I already personally covered my fundraising minimum). Rather, I am writing to ask that you help me make a true difference by going well above the minimum requirement. Also, to encourage donations from friends and family, I will match 10% of every dollar donated up to $2,500 (a $250 match).

Thank you for reading this message, thinking about this great cause, and contributing in whatever way that you can.

All my best,

P.S. You will notice that I am no longer riding for Team Edward Jones. For those of you whom I have not had the pleasure of catching up with, I left Edward Jones in March and switched jerseys. After a brief but fulfilling week of skiing with friends in Steamboat in early March, I began an exciting new journey with Moneta Group. This year I am riding for a team called Powered by Hope. Powered by Hope is a nonprofit team captained by an amazingly strong leader and cancer survivor, Teri Griege. Teri was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2009 and (miraculously) completed The Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2011 while undergoing chemo. I am honored to ride on Teri's team this year.