Pedal the Cause


Shift time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Bike #:

Team: EJ-REG228

ID: 67658

Lifetime total: $7,010.00


This will be my 11th year riding for Pedal The Cause.

My family tree has a rare and life-threatening gene mutation that I inherited from my mother. Luckily, I also got her great sense of humor and strength.

In May of 2015, I had a total gastrectomy, which is the removal of the stomach. I had the same procedure as my older sister Audrey did in May of 2014. We both had cancer in the lining of our stomachs. Luckily, because the cancer cells were still in the first layer of our stomachs, we (Audrey and I) did not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.

Luckily, we were fortunate enough to have Siteman Cancer research helping us through our procedures at Barnes Jewish hospital.

My Mom, Uncle Matt, and late Uncle Frank all have had total gastrectomies due to our gene mutation. Because there is no way to screen for this form of gastric cancer, total gastrectomies are our only option.

Every day I am so thankful that me and my family are alive and healthy and for all the people who dedicated their lives to this life-saving research. Without all the support from family, friends, and doctors I would not be able to be the person I am today and I am eternally grateful. It is through participating in fundraising for Pedal The Cause that I can give back and say thank you to the people who saved our lives.

I will be fundraising not only for all of us but also for my amazing Aunt Kelly, Grandma Ulana, and Aunt Amy who both beat breast cancer's butt. I also ride in memory of my Grandma Judy, Aunt Mary Ann, and Uncle Dan. Although this year, I cannot make it back to Saint Louis for the ride, I have pledged to spin 10 miles as my way to continue to remember and reflect on all those who are affected by cancer. This year I hope to continue to fundraise for such an amazing organization and cause.

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.

It takes world-class research to create a world without cancer. 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.

Thank you to everyone for your new and continued support!

Keep Pedaling,
Perry Lodes