Bill’s Angels paves the way for significant growth with Padres Pedal the Cause
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, co-captains Amy Koman and Denise Hawkinson hosted a fundraising and recruitment party at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Amy and Bill Koman for their team Bill’s Angels, a current and historic front-runner in Padres Pedal the Cause. Last year Bill’s Angels was comprised of 77 women who collectively raised over $186,000 to fund local cancer research; the team is growing rapidly, thanks to events like the one held Sept. 20, and on track to significantly grow their team and contribution to research
In the last few weeks the Komans have hosted about 100 current and prospective Bill’s Angels members. They learned more about how to participate, the impact on cancer research, and to honor special team members, Amy and Angelina Repetti. Amy Repetti, Angelina’s mother, fought back tears as she shared her daughter’s journey with cancer from diagnosis at 9 months to cancer warrior at the current age of 6 and a half. Amy and Angelina are members of Bill’s Angels and participate in the Padres Pedal the Cause Ride for a Child program, which honors and celebrates local children being treated for cancer at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The mother-daughter pair provide a very tangible example of the importance of the private funding provided by Padres Pedal in advancing “high-risk, high-return” research that will ultimately pave the way to a cure.
With 52 days until event weekend, Padres Pedal has 1,077 riders registered and is on track to donate more than $2 million to fund local cancer research. Last year, the Solana Beach-based nonprofit raised $1.3 million through its cycling event thanks to the fundraising of over 800 participants. Founded in 2013, Padres Pedal the Cause’s mission is to end cancer by raising money for cancer research at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. The organization is proud to say that for the first time in 2016, 100 percent of all dollars raised by fundraisers goes directly to cancer research here in San Diego.