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Padres Pedal the Cause Discovery Grants

In just six years, Padres Pedal the Cause has donated more than $10 million dollars to fund collaborative discovery research at the best cancer institutions in San Diego. Scientists at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have initiated 48 translational cancer research projects and 5 clinical trials for all types of cancers, including pancreatic, breast, brain, pediatric, skin, lung, colorectal, gastrointestinal, ovarian, and endometrial.

Thanks to the efforts of more than 3,100 riders, sponsors, volunteers and donors in 2018, Padres Pedal raised $2.94 million to accelerate cures for cancer.

Pedal Project Spotlight: Breast Cancer Genome Project
Padres Pedal the Cause Dr. Wahl Breast Cancer Research Project

When Dr. Geoffrey Wahl discovered that his patient Bianca and her sister had both been diagnosed with recurring breast cancer and neither had the BRCA gene, the common indicating genetic markers of hereditary breast cancer, he knew there must be another link that hadn’t been identified. After writing endless grant requests and struggling to gain traction, he turned to Padres Pedal to fund his project. Five months later he was studying the family and searching for another genetic marker for breast cancer. “The cures to cancer will come from research and then implementation.”

– Dr. Geoffrey Wahl

Pedal Project Spotlight: The Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team
Padres Pedal - Dr. Lowy Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team

In 2014, Padres Pedal the Cause granted funds to a team of four doctors at three of our beneficiaries who formed a group of researchers across the country with one focus: pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the most deadly common cancer in the United States, and this grant enabled the team to secure additional funding and advance their research to identify drugs that may offer a new treatment approach to pancreatic cancer. This team exemplifies the ultimate goal of Padres Pedal: funding San Diego beneficiaries who collaborate to develop their research and advance their findings with other top minds throughout the country.

Pedal Project Spotlight: Melanoma Patient Response to Checkpoint Immunotherapy
Padres Pedal the Cause - Grant to research immunotherapy for melanoma

In 2015, Padres Pedal funded a research grant to study promising immunotherapies that augment immune cell function to kill melanoma tumors. Once melanoma skin cancer spreads, current therapies are not effective and there are few treatment options. Immunotherapies do not work for everyone, therefore it is important to predict how a patient will respond to these drugs. This research allows scientists to test patients’ immune systems against their tumors to help to determine whether patients will have a productive response to the drug therapies. Additionally, should the results show promise in melanoma, the same research and resulting tools can be used or adapted to help to combat other cancers.

Padres Pedal Funded Collaborative Research Projects
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