More than 100 San Diego women joined together to fight cancer June 9 as they gathered for a night of integrative wellness and Bill’s Angels team-building at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Padres Pedal the Cause founders Amy and Bill Koman.
Padres Pedal the Cause raises funds for innovative cancer research in San Diego by hosting an annual cycling challenge at Petco Park in partnership with the San Diego Padres. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to collaborative discovery research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, The Salk Institute, Sanford-Burnham Prebys and Rady Children’s Hospital.
Team members and new recruits were treated to a beautiful evening that was both fun and informative with specialty cocktails, a seasonal menu of superfoods and sampling from local female-driven sponsor businesses Beaming and Graced by Grit.
Highlights of the evening included a special guest appearance by Dr. Mao Shing Ni, wellness expert and best-selling author of Secrets of Longevity. Mao is known to many as “Dr. Wow” from HBO’s Sex & the City, and spoke passionately about integrative oncology as he shared lifestyle tips for cancer prevention. He was joined by UC San Diego researcher Dr. Dorothy Sears, who shared results of her Padres Pedal the Cause- funded study on the benefits of nightly fasting as it relates to cancer.
Bills Angels, which raised over $600,000 thus far for cancer research, also participates in the Ride for a Child program in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital. Their littlest angel, 7-year-old cancer survivor Angelina Repetti and her mother, Amy, joined in the festivities and enjoyed an evening surrounded by love and friendship from the community.
“Angelina touches the hearts of all of the women on our team year after year”, said Pedal founder and team captain Amy Koman. “Her spark and spunky personality adds lightness and depth to all of our lives.”
The Bills Angels team has great momentum building for the 2017 cycling event that will take place on Nov. 11 and 12 at Petco Park. The all-women team is led by captains Amy Koman, Denise Hawkinson, Julie Klaus and Ommid Asbaghi. For more information on how to become a part of Padres Pedal the Cause, please visit gopedal.org.