2021 Pedal the Cause Team Photo

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Join us the weekend of September 23-25

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Join the St. Louis Children's Hospital Team and help raise funds for critical cancer research, bringing us all closer to the day we live in a world without the disease. Every dollar we raise stays right here in St. Louis, funding research at Siteman Kids and Siteman Cancer Center.

Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital seeks to advance pediatric cancer research and improve outcomes for kids and families stricken by pediatric cancer. Through funding from vital partners like Pedal the Cause, St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation and the Children's Discovery Institute (CDI), we are enabling researchers to discover lifesaving treatments and cures for pediatric cancers.

Registration opens for Pedal the Cause on March 1! To join the St. Louis Children's Hospital Team, please visit the Pedal The Cause website.

St. Louis Children's Hospital Team Captains:
Trish Lollo, Hospital President
Dr. Gary Silverman, Pediatrician-in-Chief
Dr. Jorge Di Paola, Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology Oncology

For more information about St. Louis Children's Hospital’s Pedal The Cause Team, please contact Kathryn Lodes at [email protected].


Meet Ava

Ava PTC 2022This year, St. Louis Children's Hospital rides in honor of 8-year-old Ava, who was diagnosed with nephroblastomatosis — the most common type of kidney cancer in children — when she was less than a year old. 

At a routine checkup at 9 months, her pediatrician confirmed that the left side of her body was larger than her right, and an orthopedist confirmed her to have hemihypertrophy, which has a strong link to childhood cancer. An ultrasound confirmed both her kidneys had cancerous tumors. She started treatment shortly after.

Ava came to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2017, after several  rounds of treatment and relapse at other hospitals. Unfortunately, she relapsed again in 2018 and 2021, when her medical team got even more aggressive and removed her left kidney following chemotherapy. Her last treatment was in October 2021 and her scans have been  clear since.

Ava and her family are excited to be representing St. Louis Children’s at Pedal the Cause this year and hope that you will join her team in the fight against cancer! Click here to watch Ava's story.