Padres Pedal the Cause Reaches $10 Million Raised for Local Cancer Research

$2.9 million raised in 2018 brings grand total to more than $10 million since 2013

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Padres Pedal the Cause was thrilled to be able to present a check for a record-breaking total of $2,940,837 to its four beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Rady Children’s Hospital, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Representatives from each of the four beneficiaries joined Padres Pedal Executive Director Anne Marbarger to unveil the check during a celebration including founders Bill and Amy Koman, San Diego business leaders, top donors and fundraisers, and hundreds of Padres Pedal the Cause event participants. It was a joyful gathering honoring an unprecedented year of fundraising by a record number of participants.

The annual Padres Pedal event was able to raise enough funds at its 2018 Petco Park event—over $2.9 million—to make the largest contribution to funding lifesaving cancer research in the history of the organization. This was an exciting milestone, and brought the six-year grand total of funds donated to more than $10 million. That’s $10 million raised since 2013 that have gone directly to fund innovative collaborative research projects in San Diego, each of which could ultimately help cure cancer. In fact, because of the impact of Padres Pedal’s fundraising, great strides have already been made in helping to prevent, diagnose, and treat many different kinds of cancer.

The Presentation of the 2018 Check

Bank of America was the presenting sponsor of the Padres Pedal the Cause Annual Check Celebration, and the evening was kicked off by Susan Couch, the Senior Vice President and Senior Client Relationship Manager of Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, San Diego. Padres Pedal-funded researcher and six-time participant Dr. Christopher Kane of Moores Cancer Center and San Diego native and former Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. also spoke about the impact the organization has had on the local cancer-fighting community. Anne Marbarger emceed the evening, reflecting on the organization’s recent accomplishments. “2018 was an unprecedented year for Padres Pedal the Cause,” Marbarger said, “We expanded our community with the addition of a 5K run/walk on event day, we hit our largest annual fundraising total to date, and we awarded a record number of grants to fund translational cancer research, including, for the first time, five clinical trials.”

To be exact, twenty-two new cancer research projects were funded in 2018 as a result of the phenomenal results of the 2017 fundraising efforts, which brings the grand total of cancer research projects funded by Padres Pedal to an astounding 53 projects since 2013. The inaugural awarding of five investigator-initiated clinical trials, which will target breast, prostate, lung, and gastrointestinal cancers, means Padres Pedal is entering a new phase of funding innovation and helping San Diego research teams get even closer to a world without cancer.

2018 Brought Record-Breaking Fundraising and Participation

Padres Pedal the Cause experienced impressive growth and expansion across the board in 2018, reaching record numbers in both fundraising and participation. At the November 17, 2018 event at San Diego’s Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, 2,513 participants were welcomed on site for the event. These numbers represent a 35% increase in number of participants, making for an exciting and well-attended event. The $2.9 million raised was 22% higher than fundraising efforts in previous years, with every single penny going directly to cancer research projects. Padres Pedal is able to donate all funds raised with the help of generous sponsors, including San Diego companies like Sempra Energy, NuVasive, Illumina, Qualcomm, and BD, and the help of private donors, all of whom allow Padres Pedal to completely underwrite the operational costs of the event so that they do not pull one cent from the donations.

Even the event itself expanded this year, offering a new 5K for participants who don’t cycle. Participants were not only able to choose from cycling four beautiful routes around San Diego, but also had the opportunity to join stationary bike classes on the field, scoot or bike in the kids’ challenge, or try out the inaugural 5K walk and run along the Embarcadero. All of the events ended back at Petco Park, where the record-breaking number of participants could enjoy food, drinks, live music, and activities for all involved.

Reflecting on the Impact of Padres Pedal

The Annual Check Celebration was an opportunity to reflect on everything Padres Pedal has been able to accomplish in the last six years. Marbarger shared, “It’s inspiring to see the impact of the Padres Pedal community in San Diego, raising over $10 million to accelerate cures, with 100% of those funds staying local to fund the region’s top cancer research and treatment centers. Cancer affects every one of us in some way, and we are proud to invest in local research.” With the incredible numbers Padres Pedal was able to produce at its 2018 event, there’s no telling what potential lies ahead for future events.

Get inspired and check out our photos to see what the 2018 Annual Check Celebration was all about, and don’t forget to save the date for the 2019 Padres Pedal the Cause annual event on November 16, 2019. Registration for next year will open in April, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about how you can get involved. You can find a team, make some goals, or start a cycling routine now. We also invite you to read up on our mission, learn about the SuperKids that inspire many of our riders and donors, and keep up to date on our blog to get the latest Padres Pedal news and information about cancer and cancer research. Padres Pedal is extremely proud of everything our organization has been able to accomplish, but we have only been able to do it all because of our participants, donors, and volunteers. We are profoundly grateful for all the ways our participants get involved, because that’s what makes it possible for us to fund the cancer research, and now clinical trails, that are accelerating cures for cancer each and every day. The work we do helps save lives, and with your help, we can end cancer. Join us today—let’s see what we can raise in 2019!

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