ABOUT US

About Padres Pedal the Cause:
Cancer Research Non-profit Organization

We are proud to be one of the leading nonprofits in San Diego, California, where we raise funds for life-changing cancer research. Padres Pedal the Cause is a non-profit public benefit corporation established to fund, plan and manage an annual two-day cycling fundraiser in partnership with the San Diego Padres.

Established in 2013, we have raised over $4.75 million to date and have funded over 31 collaborative research projects over the last four years at four beneficiary institutions. We have been pleased to watch participation—as well as the proceeds we raise—grow with each year, and we are proud of the impact our organization makes in the field of cancer research. If you’re interested in donating to nonprofits in San Diego, Padres Pedal the Cause is an excellent choice where your money can save lives!

Our Mission:
Creating a World Without Cancer

Padres Pedal the Cause is a community of cancer fighters. We are survivors, families, children, doctors and researchers working together at one of the best nonprofits in San Diego to help create a world without cancer. We are supported by passionate fundraisers, sponsors and volunteers that make us one of the premier non-profit organizations in San Diego and help us to raise much-needed funding for life-saving cancer research. With over 41,000 riders and donors participating over the last four years, we have been able to make a clear impact in the world of cancer research.

Because of our supporters, donors, participants and sponsors, we are able to donate every single cent we raise to collaborative cancer research projects. As one of the leading cancer research non-profit organizations in San Diego County, our goal and true hope is that the research funded by Padres Pedal the Cause will ultimately lead to a cure for cancer. With the help of our community of cancer fighters, we believe we can do it!

Our Beneficiaries

100% of the proceeds raised by Padres Pedal the Cause stay in San Diego to fund collaborative research projects conducted by our four beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. From pediatric cancer and breast cancer to pancreatic cancer and lung cancer, the research we fund at each of these medical institutions helps to study the diseases themselves and ultimately works to find ways to both prevent and treat each type of cancer.

Each of our beneficiaries relies on donations from nonprofits in San Diego, CA, to help them continue the essential work they do as organizations leading the way in innovative cancer research. With the funds our participants help us raise, we are able to fund projects led by doctors and scientists working hard to end cancer. Find out more about the incredible work done at each of our beneficiaries by clicking the images below.

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Moores Cancer Center
San Diego

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Sanford Burnham Prebys
Medical Discovery Institute

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SALK Institute
for Biological Studies

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Rady’s Children’s Hospital
San Diego

Funded Projects
How We Began

Bill Koman,
Founder

Pedal the Cause was founded in St. Louis in 2009 by Bill Koman, a two-time lymphoma survivor. After beating his cancer for the second time, Koman wanted to give back to the Siteman Cancer Center where he was treated. He hoped to ensure that others would meet the same outcome. He founded Pedal the Cause St. Louis with the goal that 100% of proceeds benefit Siteman Cancer Center. Pedal the Cause St. Louis has become the most successful cancer fundraiser in St. Louis.

Bill Koman has now brought his cancer advocacy and philanthropy with him to San Diego. He became a board member of the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. He formed Pedal the Cause San Diego to provide funding for the best cancer research ideas at all three of San Diego's NCI-designated Cancer Centers: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Rady Children's Hospital has also been added as a beneficiary. 100% of the proceeds stay in San Diego to fund local cancer research.

The mission focuses on the collaborative research synergies that exist between NCI-designated Cancer Centers on the Mesa. San Diego is the only city in the country that has one NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UC San Diego Moores) that excels at both clinical care and research and two NCI-designated basic science cancer centers that focus solely on research and clinical applications (Sanford Burnham Prebys and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies). This combination of complementary centers creates a greater opportunity for collective fast-track research from the lab to the bedside. For patients that can't wait, this means faster access to life saving treatment and cures. It is our hope that research funded by Pedal the Cause will ultimately help lead to a cure for cancer, and solidify San Diego at the forefront of cancer research and care.

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