In its fourth year, Padres Pedal the Cause raised $2 million for cancer research, besting its third-year total by $300,000 and providing enough fresh cash to pay for 19 grants at four San Diego research institutions.
Organizers recently handed over a check for $2,031,989, which represents 100 percent of the money raised from the cycling event held at Petco Park on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 when 1,500 cyclists embarked on rides that ranged in length from 12 to 162 miles.
Since its inception in 2013 when 358 riders participated, the event has raised $4.7 million to pay for a range of cancer research.
Money raised in 2016 will fund the work of researchers at Moores Cancer Center, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute and Rady Children’s Hospital though specific grant topics will not be released until the spring.
In 2015, grants funded a range of projects from testing new drug combinations to treat metastatic lung cancer to studying drug resistance in ovarian cancer. To date, the cycling event has funded 13 grants from 2013 through 2015. Grants generally require collaboration with awardees from different organizations often receiving awards that allow them to work together on joint projects.
The nonprofit has worked to make sure that its donors can feel comfortable that their contributions are ending up in the hands of actual researchers.
Sponsorships from the Koman Family Foundation, BD, Sempra Energy, Wells Fargo and Qualcomm made it possible for 100 percent of 2016 donations to go toward cancer research for the first time since the event’s four-year history.
This year, Padres Pedal the Cause will take place on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 and is scheduled to be the second cycling event to cross the Coronado Bay Bridge. Registration opens in April and additional details are available at www.gopedal.org.