Monshot to the Moon Cancer Initiative

What Vice President Biden’s ‘Moonshot’ to Cure Cancer Means for Organizations and Patients

In his last State of the Union address on January 12, 2016, President Barrack Obama announced the establishment of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative to be led by Vice President Joe Biden. The $1 billion initiative will accelerate cancer research efforts by breaking down barriers to progress. Through promoting data sharing and facilitating collaborations, the National Cancer Moonshot initiative aims to expedite a decade’s worth of advances in five years, advancing cancer prevention, treatment, and care.   Joe Biden had his own personal brush with cancer after losing his son, Beau, to brain cancer. In his address to the Cancer […]


Group Riding Etiquette

One of the great things about Padres Pedal participants is that every year we have riders of every ability level, from long-time experienced riders to complete newbies that are riding for the first time. Given that our mission is to help create a world without cancer, and exercise is one of the keys to lowering your risk factors, we’re always happy to help get people on bikes. That said, we want to help you be safe on your bike to maximize your enjoyment while on the road. Now that we’re hitting the summer months and training rides are starting to […]


Research Grant Spotlight: Association between nightly fasting and cancer risk

This past April, Padres Pedal presented $1.3 million to fund seven innovative research projects being conducted by teams of researchers from our beneficiary institutions. On a monthly basis, we will be highlighting one of the projects to provide additional information to our readers into the research that is funded by your miles of riding and tireless efforts in fundraising.   Here is the grant summary for this month’s featured project followed by a Q&A with one of the researchers.   To give us further insight into the project, we interviewed one of the researchers Ruth Patterson, PhD, leader of the […]

Michael Faketty

Meet Padres Pedal Rider: Michael Faketty

Nothing gets us more excited than hearing what motivates our riders to join Padres Pedal the Cause–everyone has a story, a reason why they Pedal and sharing these amazing stories keeps us all inspired to fight the good the fight. Michael Faketty is a first-time participant in Padres Pedal who is riding 100 miles this November. Amazingly, he has raised over $7,500 in less than a month to reach Padres Peleton and Yellow Jersey incentive levels! Michael is a former Navy SEAL and Kona IRONMAN competitor who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in June of 2012. Mike is currently […]

Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers

Team Focus: Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers

Padres Pedal the Cause owes much of its success to the riders, donors and volunteers that participate in the event year in and year out. Many of these people are part of company teams that band together to ride in the event, raise money and volunteer their time. The staff at Padres Pedal invests a significant amount of time and effort in team development; helping teams to grow, train and fundraise. Much of that is accomplished by working with team captains to provide them the necessary tools to manage their teams and continue to bring on board new members. We […]

Photo credit: Andy Hayt

$1.3 million raised by 2015 Ride presented to beneficiaries

One of our two favorite days of the year is when we present the money raised through our event to our beneficiaries (the other being ride day). On April 21st, we gathered at Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego with a group of distinguished guests and presented an honorary check for $1.3 million representing the total raised by the many riders, donors, volunteers and sponsors involved in the 2015 Pedal the Cause ride. Accepting the check were leaders from our four San Diego-based beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute for […]

Padres Pedal Announcement Pregame Ceremony April 23

San Diego Padres and Pedal the Cause Expand Partnership

Photo Credit: Scott Wachter Annual cycling fundraiser re-branded as Padres Pedal the Cause SAN DIEGO, CA (APRIL 23, 2016) – The San Diego Padres and Pedal the Cause today announced a partnership expansion that will re-brand the annual cycling fundraiser as Padres Pedal the Cause for 2016 and beyond. The two organizations, which first partnered in 2015, will join forces to make an even larger impact. PEDAL’s 2015 two-day cycling event raised $1.3 million for cancer research and treatment centers here in San Diego. Together, the Padres and Pedal the Cause plan to grow the event, increase funds raised, and […]

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Pedal The Cause Gives $1,300,000 For Cancer Research To Four Local Research Organizations

Grassroots cycling event raises money to fund innovative cancer research in San Diego San Diego, CA (April 21, 2016)—Pedal the Cause today presented $1,300,000 in grant funding to researchers from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego. The check presentation was made by Pedal the Cause Executive Director Jay Indovino during a press conference at Rady Children’s Hospital this morning. “From the beginning, we’ve wanted PEDAL to be more than just a cycling fundraising event,” states Indovino. “We want it to be […]

#teamBPW and the honor wall

Thank You!

The success of 2014 Pedal the Cause was unparalleled!  And it’s all because of you. Your strength, determination, and tireless fundraising efforts propelled us yet another huge step forward toward our goal: a world without cancer. This year we have doubled our numbers, both in ridership and in monies raised. We are now on track to fund $1,000,000 of innovative and life-saving cancer research that will stay here in San Diego. Last year, Pedal the Cause funded five important research grants to our local C3, the collaboration between UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sanford-Burnham, and the Salk Institute. Those […]