What is Ride for a Child?
PEDAL THE CAUSE (PTC) is a nonprofit organization in St. Louis, Missouri with a mission of raising money for cancer research through an annual cycling event. 100% of the money raised by Pedal the Cause stays in St. Louis to fund cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Since 2010, Pedal the Cause has donated over $15.8 million, funding 84 innovative cancer research projects.
Ride for a Child (RFC) is a special program of Pedal the Cause that pairs teams with pediatric oncology patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It is an inspiring way for cyclists to connect with a child who is receiving state-of-the-art care and more advanced treatment for cancer as a result of the funds raised by Pedal the Cause.
Through pre-event meet-ups and events, teams are able to form a meaningful connection with their child and family, with many teams and families staying in touch long after the event. For participating children, RFC offers an exciting distraction from their treatments and gives them a supportive team of individuals that will train, fundraise and ride in their honor.
We welcome Ride for a Child families to participate in any and all Pedal the Cause events. Below is a list of important dates for the 2017 year.
- Ride for a Child Picnic – July 23, 2017. A fun day at Epic 6 to play games and eat lunch together for all RFC participants that gives teams and families a chance to meet before the ride.
- Pedal the Cause Weekend:
- Saturday, September 23, 2017: Held at Chesterfield Amphitheater, the Opening Ceremonies will offer activities for children, dinner, and entertainment- all free of charge for RFC families.
- Sunday, September 24, 2017: RFC families are invited to cheer on their team as they cross the finish line. After the ride, families can enjoy a range of activities and entertainment, including eating lunch with their team.