ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - This weekend thousands of cyclists will fill the streets of St. Louis and west St. Louis County with one mission in mind, to find new treatments and cures for all cancers.
Over the past three years the organization has raised more than $4 million, and 100 percent of the money raised stays in St. Louis, and every dime funds new groundbreaking cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.
It is a mission near and dear to us at NewsChannel 5 as we support cancer survivor Leisa Zigman, and all those in the fight of their lives right now.
The fourth annual Pedal the Cause is this weekend, and there's still time to get involved.
Here's a little background on Leisa's involvement with PTC. In October 2010 she emceed the very first event. She thought it would be another of the many worthwhile causes she hosts each year.
One month later, she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. From that moment, it was clear to her that she would dedicate a lot of her personal time to Pedal the Cause. She says it's been humbling to hear words of encouragement from viewers.
Two of those viewers, Tom and Judy Murphy, wanted to help the cause so they made 50 miniature Team Leisa cycling pins. Leisa loves them, and each member of Team Leisa will wear them this weekend.
Leisa says she was touched by the gesture, so she made sure they received the royal treatment when they came down to the station. The Murphys said they were proud to play a small role in helping the cause.
Right now 33 different innovative cancer research projects have been funded in St. Louis thanks to Pedal the Cause. The hope is to find new targeted drugs like the ones that helped put Leisa in remission.
It's not too late to get on a bike and ride with PTC, or to donate. Just go to KSDK.com/pedalthecause.
One in two men, and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We are making incredible strides right here in St. Louis, and imagine the day we can say there's now a vaccine for breast cancer or brain tumors. We are getting closer.