Sanford-Burnham Hosts Pedal the Cause Forum

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Dr. Bob Abraham, PfizerLast week, Sanford-Burnham opened its doors to the Pedal community and hosted our third Forum, focusing on drug development and discovery. The event was a huge success, with dozens of Pedal riders mingling and learning from two major names is science and pharmaceuticals, Sanford-Burnham’s Dr. Garth Powis and Pfizer’s Dr. Bob Abraham.

Read more about the event from the Sanford-Burnham blog below, and check out photos on our Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who joined us!

 

SB Forum Dr. PowisFrom Sanford-Burnham’s Beaker: Pedal the Cause San Diego held the third installment of their Forums lecture series at our La Jolla campus Wednesday, July 23. Pedal the Cause Forums are an exciting and understandable TED-like lecture series focused on the future of cancer research, life sciences, health and wellness, and more. Over 40 local biotechnology community members and business leaders from throughout San Diego gathered in Chairmen’s Hall to enjoy delicious canapés and summer cocktails, while mingling with local cancer researchers, Pedal the Cause riders, and Sanford-Burnham supporters.

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Who Is Riding: Lisa Rivera, Team UCSD Triton Commuters

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“Cancer has affected me in many ways. I watched many of my close friends struggle with a parent who had cancer, some of who didn’t survive. It was difficult as a young child and at some point I realized just how prevalent cancer has become in our society.”

A rising sophomore at UCSD, Lisa Rivera plans on being a researcher or doctor, inspired in part by her experiences with cancer. Recently her best friend, at only 20 years old, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “It was terrible to watch her go through surgery and chemo but I am glad to say that just today she announced she is in remission.”

So many people have been affected by cancer and I think they are more than willing to help you out.

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Training for Your Ride

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Training is an important part of Pedal the Cause to make sure you get to the starting line fit, healthy and ready to ride. Especially if you are looking to challenge yourself with a longer course, consistent training is what will get you there.

Training Plans

The Multisports team created training plans specifically for Pedal the Cause riders.
The Multisports team created training plans specifically for Pedal the Cause riders.

To help you get started and stay motivated, every rider has access to training plans created by four of the biggest names in the sport of Ironman. Roch Frey, Paul Huddle, Paula Newby-Fraser and Heather Fuhr have designed these plans specifically for Pedal riders, and they can be access through the online profile.  Paul and Roch are two of the top professional coaches in Ironman triathlon. Paula and Heather are the two most successful Ironman athletes of all time.  So you are in good hands as you train and prepare for the event!

Take a look at the training plans with workout details and find one that’s right for you. All plans offer key points and details to help keep you going. Plus, we have six-week plans starting regularly.

The Training Plans are there to help you be are best prepared as possible, but no matter

Get support for your training with Pedal.
Get support for your training with Pedal.

what, the most important thing is always to RIDE YOUR BIKE! Our Training Plans include workouts both on the bike and strength training. You can tailor them to your experience level and your level of comfort but the theme is still the same: RIDE YOU BIKE! And try to ride it on a hilly route as much as possible. You can very easily train for Pedal the Cause by riding a couple times during the work week and doing a longer ride on the weekends.

If you have any questions as you are training about the programs or tailoring it to your own skill level email our coaches at info@multisports.com and they will help you figure out the best way to customize. Remember no question is stupid and they have heard it all!

In addition to the world-class training plans we give all riders, we have training rides that we encourage all riders to come to. This is not the time to be intimidated. We want you to have fun on event weekend and that means being in shape and riding a couple times a week from now until event weekend.

 

Training Rides

Group training rides are a great way to get comfortable riding your bike.
Group training rides are a great way to get comfortable riding your bike.

Each Training Ride features different course lengths, so you can pick the one that’s best for you. After the ride, mingle with your fellow Pedal-ers over snacks.

Get the full training ride schedule by logging into your rider profile.

We will have distances for every skill level. The different distances are lead by experienced cyclists that know all the roadways and who know how to make everyone feel comfortable on the roads and keep everyone safe.

We have had people come to these events with mountain bikes and tennis shoes on and been able to complete the ride and feel happy and confident while riding. This is really an event for everyone no matter their skill level. You wont feel like it is too slow if you are an experienced rider and you wont feel like you are going to be dropped if you are a newbie.

Plus, you can schedule your own training rides with fellow riders through LinkedIn.

 

Happy Father’s Day

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Our riders are a diverse group, from world champion cyclists to total beginners; from researchers to lawyer; from kids to grandparents. In honor of Father’s Day, we are highlighting a few of the amazing dads who are part of the Pedal community.

Nathan Chappell is a UC San Diego team and works in the Health Sciences Development department. “Being a fundraising professional is an extremely rewarding career.” It’s even more personal for Nathan and his family, “My wife and I had just started dating when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before college. And two years ago, we lost her father to throat cancer.”

Nathan heard about Pedal through work, and decided to make it a family affair. Nathan

Nathan Chappell, Team Health Sciences Hotties and HeroesNathan Chappell, Team Health Sciences Hotties and Heroes

and his son, Toby, are both signed up for the 10-mile ride. “Talking to Toby about fundraising and planning activities together has been a great bonding experience for us and a good growth experience for him.”

Even at just 15 years old, Toby is aware of the danger cancer poses. “He knows his mother is a cancer survivor, and we all still feel the loss of his grandfather. Toby also had a classmate pass away from brain cancer.”

The father-son team is planning joint fundraising activities and training rides. Pedal the Cause is also opening up conversations about philanthropy in general. “Most meaningful part is being able to engage my son and help him with that altruistic feeling of helping others, and showing him my world.”

Nathan and his family will celebrate Father’s Day by spending time together, and maybe even a bike ride.

Team Chodorow has also made Pedal the Cause a family event. The family was shocked when dad Ingram was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2013. Ingram decided to be treated at Moores, and his sons were there every step of the way. “I was impressed with how much interest they took in the medicine. They spent a log of time reading and learning to try to get an understanding. They were always coming with me to my doctor visits and to help me through the process.”

Chodorow FamilyThe Chodorow brothers also signed up for Pedal the Cause, and poured their energies into training and fundraising. Said Brett, “I trained pretty hard for it; and I loved the ride, it was really challenging. Climbing to Julian was scary for me, but my dad and everyone who is battling cancer can show up for treatment, the ride is the least I can do.”

The whole family was there for Event Weekend, with Ingram and mom Ellen cheering their boys on. Remembers Ellen, “We were at every single aid station last year. We were there in Julian and in the mesa when they came up the hill. It was very emotional for us.”

Added Ingram, “Everyone came together – the riders, volunteers, researchers. It was one big committed family, and it gave us all a tremendous lift.”

Ingram’s treatment at Moores has gone very well, and he’s achieved all of the goals he set

Brett and Ingram Chodorow and Brett's three children

Brett and Ingram Chodorow and Brett’s three children

when he was first diagnosed, including seeing the birth of two more grand kids. “I need more goals now!” said Ingram.

Goal one: Celebrating his birthday and Father’s Day this weekend with three generations of Chodorows.

Goal two: Cheering Team Chodorow on for Pedal the Cause 2014.

Your Work – Five Research Projects Funded by the 2013 Event

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Getting on a bike for the first time can be intimidating. Riding farther than you ever have before can be scary. Asking someone to donate can feel uncomfortable.

Helping to change the way we fight cancer is unforgettable.

Oaklands at the finish lineToday, every moment that you put in pays off. Today, we announced the five research projects that will be funded by your efforts, totally more than $400,000.

Today, we say thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural Pedal the Cause. You are an integral part of funding collaborative, translational research here in San Diego that could soon be saving lives.

“I am certain that we can make progress toward new treatments for this devastating disease”

The projects were reviewed and approved by an esteemed panel of doctors and scientists on the C3 Grant Review and Approval Committee, chaired by Tony Hunter, Director of Salk Institute Cancer Center. The criteria on which they were evaluated was thorough and rigorous, with an emphasis on collaborative, translational research. Each grant recipient has the potential to make a huge difference in cancer treatment.

At the announcement event, Pedal the Cause executive director Patrick Connor reminded everyone that these grants are why we ride: “We founded Pedal to help fund transformative research with the potential for rapid impact on the way cancer is treated. Each of our five grantees will explore novel approaches to fighting cancer that could make a big difference for patients here in San Diego and around the world.”

Read more about each grant after the jump, and download the one-sheets for more details here.

Today, you made a difference.

Tell your donors what they helped accomplish.

Join us for Pedal the Cause 2014 and keep making your mark in the fight against cancer.

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For the Moms

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Within the Pedal community, we are lucky to have incredible people who are all battling cancer in their own ways, including many mothers. In honor of Mother’s Day, we are recognizing four inspiring moms.

For Nancy, Mother’s Day took on a special meaning after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Time with her family became extra important, even after she was declared cancer free. “I love seeing every one of my four children. I feel that everyday is Mother’s Day for me. I adore being a part of their lives and always want them to enjoy having me in theirs.”

As the spouse of a cancer doctor at UC San Diego Moores, “cancer” felt remote for Nancy until it hit home. “Now that has changed and I have to say, I feel a personal connection to the patients my husband works with and think of them and their families in a new way.”

With the support of her family and doctors, Nancy beat her cancer, and her outlook on life was changed forever. “I take on challenges in a whole new way. I KNOW I can do anything. I also go about my day with a new perspective…. most of the time I feel like smiling!” Nancy is carrying that smile through her training and tackling the two-day ride with her husband and their son. About the course, Nancy says, “I’m feeling so happy and healthy and want to challenge myself again. I’m up for it! Bring it on!!!”

“Cancer touches all of us either directly or indirectly. My sister, my mother, my aunts, my cousins and multiple friends have been touched by the disease. It is part of the fabric of most of our lives now. I want to be a part of the solution,” adds Nancy.

Sally and Jane are also making Pedal a family affair with their daughters on Team Pedalin Thru Life. They feel blessed that neither has been closely affected by cancer, although they know it can happen at anytime. “We are hearing of more and more of our friends and parent’s friends who are affected and we know the statistics are increasingly higher that we will know people affected by cancer,” said Jane.

Added Sally, “Our daughters have seen Jane and me volunteer their whole lives. What is unique about our participation in Pedal is that neither of us has taken on a physical endeavor in order to make a difference before!”

Continued Jane, “We listened to Amy [Koman] share some of her and Bill’s journey and were so touched by their experience, Bill’s recovery and their commitment to eradicate cancer!”

Mother’s Day also has special meaning for Barbara and her family. “I spent last Mother’s Day in the hospital with a neutropenic fever.” While her husband trained for Pedal 2013, Barbara battled breast cancer at Moores.

Today, Barbara is strong enough to ride outside. “Getting outside and riding again is amazing.” She and her husband are training for the two-day ride in Pedal 2014.

Added Barbara, “I will spend this Mother’s Day sailing with family and friends. Although my life is great, I still think about cancer each day and dream of a world without this dreaded disease. I’m thankful for everyone involved with Pedal for all they do to make this dream a reality.”

Here’s to Nancy, Jane, Sally, Barbara and mothers everywhere, for all you do for your families, friends and community, and the difference you make in the world everyday.

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From Patient to Rider

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“Last Spring, between each of my six rounds of chemotherapy, I had a handful of days when I felt good enough to ride inside on my trainer. Although I only rode for 25 minutes a day, I felt on top of the world. Riding reminded me of life before and helped me imagine life Brion and Barbara Murray sailingafter cancer.”

Barbara Murray didn’t ride in the first Pedal the Cause. During event weekend, Barbara was nine months into a clinical trial for a new breast cancer treatment at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Her husband Brion and the Pfizer team, with hundreds of other riders, were logging in the miles that she couldn’t. Barbara and their son Will spent event weekend cheering on Brion. “Will and I were the first ones in Julian. We had so much fun ringing our cow bells as everyone rode into camp,” remembers Barbara. “It was an incredible experience. As a cancer patient, I was so moved by everyone who was there. While I had spent the year undergoing two major surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, these wonderful people had been training to ride in Pedal the Cause. Even though I had an unbelievable support network throughout my treatment, I was inspired by the community support in the fight against cancer that was evident at Pedal.”

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Who Is Riding: Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD

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Dr. Rafael BejarDr. Rafael Bejar is a physician-scientist in the Hematology group at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. This means that he divides his time between seeing patients and running a research lab that is working to bridge the gap between discoveries and treatment.

His focus is on a particular kind of blood cancers known as myelodysplastic syndromes, or simply MDS. At Moores Cancer Center, he established our MDS Center of Excellence that combines the clinical skills of his group with expertise in hematopathology, clinical trials, and stem cell transplantation. He gets to help patients through the process of diagnosis and treatment and help them take on this uninvited challenge. In the lab, his research examines the genetic causes of MDS to understand how they can be used to personalize therapy and better care for patients.

Like many who support Pedal the Cause, Dr. Bejar also has experience with cancer that hits closer to home.

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Who is Riding: Kent Billingsley – Team Go for Gold

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“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded”       - Ralph Waldo Emerson           

 

Kent Billingsley

Kent Billingsley

LOVE. This single word motivates Kent Billingsley to travel all the way from Illinois to
participate in Pedal the Cause this year.

The LOVE Kent has for his sister, Diane Gold, and Diane’s husband has compelled him to do something to support and honor Diane’s husband who in November of 2013 was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

This is not the first time cancer disturbed Kent and Diane’s world. In 1985, at the age of 53, their mother passed away due to breast cancer.

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Pedal the Cause 2014 Launch Event

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PTCSD-PRESS-2014-11Under a beautiful La Jolla sky, Pedal the Cause 2014 officially kicked off on April 3, 2014. Dozens of riders, cancer survivors and doctors joined the event, celebrating the success of 2013’s inaugural ride and launching efforts for this year’s event.

“Last year we had 360 riders and granted $425,000 to our beneficiaries for collaborative, translational research here in San Diego. That was just our first year. Already for 2014, we are bigger, with more riders and support,” said executive director Patrick Connor.

In fact, 300 riders have already registered for the September ride, choosing between the 10-, 25- and 50-mile course or the two-day trip to Temecula. “We are building a movement in San Diego that will ultimately save lives,” added Connor.

Pedal the Cause is more than just thousands of riders raising millions of dollars for cancer

Dr J Craig Venter speaking at the Pedal the Cause 2014 launch event.

Dr J Craig Venter speaking at the Pedal the Cause 2014 launch event.

research. It’s an empowering and life changing experience for individual riders. “It was so moving to see my husband cycle 150 miles last year while I was in treatment at Moores,” said cancer survivor and Duane Morris team leader Barbara Murray, “and I’m so excited to be riding this year and be a part of this incredible event.”

Scott Lippman, MD, director of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center talked about the importance of Pedal: “After last year’s great success, we are proud to continue this exciting and important endeavor. Pedal the Cause helps us further our mission of creating and translating exceptional cancer science that will benefit patients in San Diego and around the world.”

PTCSD-PRESS-2014-50Dr. Lippman was joined on stage by Garth Powis, D.Phil., director of Sanford-Burnham‘s NCI-designated Cancer Center and team captain of the Institute’s Pedal the Cause team, and Dr. Geoffrey Wahl from the Salk Institute. Also showing their support at the launch event were Dr. J. Craig Venter of J. Craig Venter Institute, Synthetic Genomics and Human Longevity Inc., Jim Mazzola, Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Communication and Investor Relations for CareFusion, Dr. David Brenner, vice chancellor of UC San Diego Health Sciences and dean of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and Mr. Paul Viviano, CEO of UC San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor of the UC San Diego Health Sciences.

“It was an easy decision for us to sign on last year as one of the first and largest sponsors

Dr. Garth Powis, Sanford-Burnham; Dr. Geoffrey Wahl, Salk; Dr. Scott Lippman, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center; Dr. David Brenner, UC San Diego Health Sciences; Mr. Paul Viviano, UC San Diego Health System

Dr. Garth Powis, Sanford-Burnham; Dr. Geoffrey Wahl, Salk; Dr. Scott Lippman, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center; Dr. David Brenner, UC San Diego Health Sciences; Mr. Paul Viviano, UC San Diego Health System

of Pedal the Cause and we’re so excited to be back again this year, partnering with Pedal the Cause to help achieve their vision: A World Without Cancer,” said Mazzola.

Pedal the Cause is growing every day, and each and every rider is doing something extraordinary to move us toward a world without cancer.

 

 

View the CBS 8 Pedal Launch coverage here.