Cancer Community Unites to Raise over $118K for A World Without Cancer

June 20, 2020
Padres Pedal the Cause is proud to announce that, to date, over $118,000 has been raised from the organization’s 2nd annual A World Without Cancer Day, held on Saturday, June 20. Over 640 people registered for the grassroots, virtual event, raising funds for collaborative cancer research in San Diego. Inspired by the campaign #Do20Give20, participants committed to doing twenty minutes, miles or repetitions of movement from several participation options: cycling or run/walking on their own; attending a live, virtual class hosted by community partners, Orangetheory Fitness, YogaSix, and breast cancer fighter/spin instructor Kellie Sullivan; and even joining a Peloton class. Participants matched their commitment to “Do 20” with a $20 or more donation to Padres Pedal the Cause, an organization that donates 100% of fundraising dollars to cancer research.

Padres Pedal is continuing its fundraising efforts for A World Without Cancer Day as the organization nears its goal of $125,000. Every dollar will fund potentially life-saving cancer research projects and clinical trials like the 54 translation grants, 6 clinical trials, and 2 team science awards the organization has funded over the past eight years. Donations can be made by visiting the Padres Pedal the Cause website (gopedal.org/wwcd).

Padres Pedal the Cause is recognized for funding top quality, collaborative cancer research in San Diego and putting on a first-class annual event on centerfield at Petco Park. While the commitment to fund cancer research remains unchanged, social distancing measures forced the organization to pivot sharply away from a centralized, mass event. Also new this year, Padres Pedal announced a collaboration with another impactful San Diego cancer fundraising organization, the Immunotherapy Foundation (IF). In partnership, IF and Padres Pedal integrated the Peloton community into A World Without Cancer Day by tying a 10am live Peloton ride into the schedule for June 20 to raise more awareness and funding.

Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger attributes the campaign’s success to the pervasiveness of cancer and a core desire to help that so many people experience when they see a loved one fight cancer. “It is heartwarming to know and inspiring to see so many people compelled to donate and move in honor of someone going through a cancer journey. Cancer cuts across all communities and families, even during a global pandemic, and we are proud to provide a forum wherein cancer fighters can find hope and meaning while funding ground-breaking research.”

Padres Pedal the Cause is committed to supporting the cancer community by continuing to fund scientific research and clinical trials, and through new support programs. In the coming weeks, the organization will announce the next round of projects to receive funding and launch a new program, in partnership with the San Diego Padres and Susan G. Komen called Groceries4Good, which funds and delivers complimentary groceries for cancer patients in need. To learn more and donate, visit the Padres Pedal the Cause website at www.gopedal.org and follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

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About Padres Pedal the Cause:
Padres Pedal the Cause is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to funding collaborative cancer research in San Diego. To date, Padres Pedal has raised and donated over $13.1 million to fund 54 translational research projects, two team science projects, and six clinical trials at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Rady Children’s Hospital and Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. It is our goal that the research funded by Padres Pedal the Cause will lead to increased survivorship and accelerate cures for cancer. For more information, please visit www.gopedal.org or Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Immunotherapy Foundation:
Immunotherapy Foundation (IF) is a San Diego non-profit organization working to eradicate HPV-related cancers by advancing promising cancer immunotherapy research and advancing cancer prevention. Since inception in 2015, IF has acted as a catalyzer for biologically-sound but financially-starved bench science, accelerating promising science into therapies for patients sooner. In 2018, IF commenced a pilot HPV educational programming with Project Concern International, with intent to scale findings to national and international sites. From launch, IF has co-fundraised $4.8M with its research partner organizations, advancing projects that have gone on to receive over $21.5M in additional funding. IF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Learn more at www.JoinIF.org or call 858-704-3330.

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