Padres Pedal the Cause targets big growth in 2016

Myra and Werner Kurn, Molly and Tim Oitzman, Peter and Sandy Mossy, and Julie Klaus hosted an inspirational event June 23 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Bill and Amy Koman, founders of Padres Pedal the Cause. A cross-section of passionate cancer advocates, cyclists, and other community members gathered to learn about Padres Pedal, which is quickly becoming the premier cancer research fundraiser in all of San Diego. Last year, the Solana Beach-based nonprofit raised $1.3 million through its cycling event thanks to the fundraising of over 800 participants. In 2016, Padres Pedal aims to raise over $2 million and secure over 1,300 riders throughout the two-day event.

On hand for the evening were two prominent doctors from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Dr. Leona Flores and Dr. Dorothy Sears. The pair spoke to the group about the importance of the private funding provided by Padres Pedal in securing additional government money to fund the type of “high-risk, high-return” research that will ultimately pave the way to a cure. Dr. Sears went on to share her ambitious Pedal-funded research project that aims to determine the relationship between nightly fasting and decreased recurrence of certain cancers in large population groups.

Founded in 2013, Padres Pedal the Cause is a cycling fundraising challenge with a mission 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 100 percent of the funds donated stay in San Diego to speed care and treatment to the local residents that need it most. Visit