Niki Wren

Why I ride: 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. Cancer is a disease that effects so many people in every walk of life & I know too many people who struggle to fight the fight and even some who have lost the battle.

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.

I'll be riding for so many people but here is a little background on why this means so much to me. I'll start with Wendy, Wendy is the daughter of my mom's best friend. I've known Wendy since I was 7 years old, and though she's a little bit older than me, I'd always taken to her and she's a wonderful daughter and mother. Someone to be admired and who works hard to create the best life for her family. Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been fighting ever since. Though she is currently in remission, there is still the struggle to get the proper balance with her blood cells and some times days to day life can be overwhelmingly exhausting. I will be riding for her!

Next is my Aunt Donna, many years ago, Donna found out she had a brain tumor. Finding out you have cancer is a hard diagnosis to understand, but with the support of her family behind her, surgery and a long battle, Donna is happily in remission. I will be riding for her!

Then when I was in college, I lost two people who were very special to me one to spinal cancer and the other to colon cancer. Both of these men were in their early twenties, most would say that is way to young, though cancer doesn't discriminate. They fought their diagnosis for some time but unfortunately they both lost their battles within 2 months of each other. That was probably the worst summer of my life, I still think about these men every day. I will be riding for them!

And last but certainly not least, before I was even born, my mom's mother (my grandmother) was diagnosed with colon cancer. She was diagnosed so late that there was little that could be done and ultimately lost the battle. I still feel a very special connection to her, not just through her memory kept alive by my mom and her siblings, but many years after her passing, I was born fashionably late and on her birthday. Thus receiving her name as my middle name. I will be riding for her!

I'm sure many of you have stories like the ones I've lived through, unfortunately in this day and age, I don't think I know a single person I know who hasn't been touched by cancer in their life. As I mentioned before cancer does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone at any age. It can come out of the blue, or can be passed down through genetics. So please make a donation of any size to join me in this fight. Together we can make a difference to end cancer! Thank you for your consideration!

My Donations:

Date
Donor
Amount
09/13/2017
Bobbie
$50.00
08/11/2017
Brad Rutledge
$50.00
08/08/2017
Jennifer Price
$50.00
08/07/2017
Matt Rothe
$25.00
08/07/2017
Aunt Toni
$100.00
08/03/2017
"Q" and Dad
$500.00
08/03/2017
Jim Kreider
$100.00
08/03/2017
Patricia & Tyler Reinsch
$25.00
08/03/2017
Judy Chapman
$100.00
08/03/2017
Jeffrey A. & Laura M. Chaney
$100.00
06/26/2017
Bring a Friend
$50.00
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