Friends and Family Team

2 Members

Lifetime total: $4,045.00

Team Captain: Claudia Potts

ID: 94385


Team Karen was created in 2012 when my younger sister, Karen Meserve, was diagnosed with breast cancer. This team was created by her daughter, Rachel, in northern Illinois where they lived as a support to Karen who was an active and avid bicyclist. At that time I started to participate in Pedal the Cause in her honor. As a offshoot of Team Karen in northern Illinois, I rode as a solo participant in PTC for 4 years and fund-raised last year. We had planned to do PTC together in 2016; however, she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma; neither of us rode. Karen valiantly battled Glioblastoma for 7+ months with 3 brain surgeries, a round of chemo and a round of radiation; however, her battle ended on March 11, 2017. Now Team Karen for PTC is a reality and my neighbor has joined with me.

We are proud to be part of Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. We know that it takes world-class research to create a world without cancer, and by participating in Pedal the Cause, we know that 100% of our donations will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

The 2017 Pedal the Cause is funding a Glioblastoma research project: RESEARCH GOAL: To develop a greater understanding of the factors that affect the growth of recurrent glioblastoma and, ultimately, develop novel therapies to treat this incurable tumor. Description: Glioblastoma remains the most common malignant brain tumor. Despite state-of-the-art treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, these tumors are incurable. Inevitably, the vast majority will recur, becoming more aggressive and invasive in the process. Read more at this link: Glioblastoma Reasearch . Glioblastoma research is the 5th link in the list of 2017 research projects.

Watch for information so you can join our team for PTC 2018 and please consider making a donation today for the PTC 2017.

Thank you for your support,
Claudia Jean Potts, Team Captain




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