Memorial Hospital’s Popeye Pedalers team participated in a PEDAL the Cause event in St. Louis on September 30th. PEDAL the Cause uses 100% of public donations to fund cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. All funds raised from the event stay local to our area to help fund research projects with a goal of finding a cure for cancer.
The inspiration for Memorial’s Popeye Pedalers team comes from the employees, patients, and families who have, and continue to battle this terrible disease. The key to curing cancer will be research. The Popeye Pedalers completed a 20-mile ride during the event and with donations, bake sales proceeds, and other fundraising events, they were able to raise $10,637 for PEDAL the Cause. A generous donation from the Chester High School Volleyball team’s Pink Out event in October helped the Pedalers exceeded their goal of $10,000. The Volleyball team raised almost $1,300 through their own bake sale, t-shirt sales, and silent auction. CHS athletes presented their donation to the Pedalers team last week.
For every $1 PEDAL the Cause raises an estimated $7 is obtained in federal funding meaning, in all, Memorial’s team raised over $80,000 for Cancer Research. There are already plans for Memorial to have a larger team and bigger goal for next year.
Photo caption: Chester High School Volleyball players, Carlee Weir and Lauren Welge present their donation check to Popeye Pedalers team members Brett Bollmann, Kim Ruebke, Christine Barthol, Kathy Winkler, Deb Mevert.