“Padres Pedal the Cause” presented a check for a record-breaking total of $2,940,837 to representatives from the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital.

“Padres Pedal the Cause” Monday announced the donation of nearly $3 million to local medical facilities for local translational research and clinical trials attempting to find a cancer cure.

The $2,940,837 raised during last fall’s annual event was earmarked for the UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center, the Stanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital. The donations lifted the organization’s six-year philanthropic efforts above the $10 million threshold.

“Padres Pedal” the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger, who presented checks to representatives from each of the medical facilities at the organization’s celebratory event last week, said 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,” she said.

The organization boosted its fundraising and participation numbers to record levels in 2018. In total, 2,513 people participated in the cycling event, a 35 percent increase, and fundraising efforts rose by 22 percent. This year’s “Padres Pedal the Cause” event will take place on Nov. 16, with registration to begin in mid-April.

“It’s inspiring to see the impact of the ‘Padres Pedal’ community in San Diego, raising over $10 million to accelerate cures, with 100 percent of those funds staying local to fund the region’s top cancer research and treatment centers,” Marbarger said. “Cancer affects every one of us in some way, and we are proud to invest in local research.”

–City News Service