San Diego, CA, January 25, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Padres Pedal The Cause presented a check for a record-breaking total of $2,940,837 on Thursday, January 24 to beneficiary representatives from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego. The funds, raised from the annual 2018 event at Petco Park, represent the largest contribution in the history of the organization, and brings the six-year donation total to more than $10 million for local translational research and clinical trials that are accelerating cures for cancer.
Padres Pedal The Cause Executive Director, Anne Marbarger unveiled the check during a celebratory gathering of hundreds of event participants, San Diego business leaders, top donors and fundraisers, as well as Padres Pedal founders, Bill and Amy Koman. Marbarger shared the stage with San Diego native Tony Gwynn, Jr., Dr. Christopher Kane of Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, and representatives from each of the institutions benefitting from the fundraising. The evening’s remarks were kicked off by Susan Couch, Senior Vice President and Senior Client Relationship Manager of Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, San Diego. Bank of America was the presenting sponsor of the Padres Pedal The Cause Annual Check Celebration.
“2018 was an unprecedented year for Padres Pedal The Cause; 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 projects, including, for the first time, five clinical trials,” states Marbarger. “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.”
Padres Pedal The Cause witnessed impressive growth in its fundraising and participation efforts from the annual event that took place at Petco Park on November 17, 2018. The event welcomed 2,513 participants – an increase of 35% – and total fundraising grew by 22%. The organization raised enough funding to completely underwrite operational costs, thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and private donors, allowing all funds raised by participants to be donated to cancer research. 2018 sponsors included many San Diego companies such as BD, Sempra Energy, NuVasive, Illumina and Qualcomm. In addition to fundraising, participants cycle 25 to 100 miles on one of four routes across San Diego, spin in a high-energy stationary bike class on the field, run or walk a 5K along the Embarcadero, or ride a tricycle or scooter in the kids’ challenge. Each event ended on the field at Petco Park with live music, food, and activities for teams and families.
Registration for the 2019 event, taking place on November 16, 2019, will open in mid-April; for more information on how to join Padres Pedal as a sponsor or event participant, please visit www.gopedal.org
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 $10 million to fund 53 translational research projects and 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
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About Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health
Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health is home to nearly 350 medical and radiation oncologists, cancer surgeons, and researchers. It is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, a rare honor distinguishing exceptionally high achievement in research, clinical care, education and community outreach and partnerships. For more information, visit cancer.ucsd.edu.
About Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) is an independent nonprofit medical research organization that conducts world-class, collaborative, biological research and translates its discoveries for the benefit of patients. SBP focuses its research on cancer, immunity, neurodegeneration, metabolic disorders and rare children’s diseases. The Institute invests in talent, technology and partnerships to accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries that will have the greatest impact on patients. Recognized for its NCI-designated Cancer Center and the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, SBP employs nearly 900 scientists and staff in San Diego (La Jolla), Calif. For more information, visit us at SBPdiscovery.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/SBPdiscovery and on Twitter @SBPdiscovery.
About the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Every cure has a starting point. The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. Its internationally renowned and award-winning scientists explore the very foundations of life, seeking new understandings in neuroscience, genetics, immunology, plant biology and more. The Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark: small by choice, intimate by nature and fearless in the face of any challenge. Be it cancer or Alzheimer’s, aging or diabetes, Salk is where cures begin.
About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego is a 551-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in nine pediatric specialties. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.