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Recent Foundation Activities
In cooperation with the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, The Pedal with Pete Foundation has awarded $25,000 to Giuseppina Sgandurra, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, to study Bilateral Upper-limb Children Action Observation Training for children with bilateral cerebral palsy.
In cooperation with the Adaptive Sports Connection, and with support from the Meuse Family Foundation, The Pedal with Pete Foundation awarded four customized bicycles to Ohio children with cerebral palsy. Click here to see some photos of the event.
The Pedal with Pete Foundation awarded $15,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to support a progam to assist families of children with cerebral palsy who have been impacted by Covid-19.
Riding Apart -Yet Together- for Cerebral Palsy Research
Great news for all — the 20th Annual Pedal with Pete Columbus Event will be held this year, with just a few changes for everyone’s safety. On Saturday July 31st (the weekend before Pelotonia) we’ll return to a one-day cycling event with marked routes, rest/food stops and SAG (support and gear) service. Click here to register
NEW this year, the ride begins at Marysville High School (800 Amrine Road, Marysville 43040). Seven routes (8, 20, 36, 53, 62, 74 and 100 miles) will reveal a great deal of new territory to Pedal with Pete riders. All routes 36 miles and longer will visit our familiar Milford Center rest stop serving pre-packaged sandwiches, snacks, fruit and drinks. The family and beginner oriented 8-mile route stays entirely on trails through lush parklands adjacent to the high school. The 74- and 100-mile routes will take a scenic route to Mechanicsburg (unveiled with last year’s self-guided rides) where there will be an added rest/food stop at Goshen Park. 100 milers exploring beyond Mechanicsburg will be rewarded with an extra dose of magnificent rolling to hilly terrain.
Route maps and GPS coordinates will be available on the STRIDE site in June.
Riders will begin their rides between 6:00AM and 11:00AM. Ride times will be staggered and you will sign up for a starting time when you register.
There will be signs posted along all of the routes. We hope that you’ll take photos by these signs and post them to your team site on STRIDE (or email them to us, or post them to social media with the hashtag #pwp2021) so that we’ll have a lasting photo record of the event for this very memorable 20th year.
On behalf of all of the volunteers at the Pedal with Pete Foundation, and the cerebral palsy community, we want to thank you for your continuing support. We hope that you will be able to join us for this unique event. Be assured that everyone’s health and safety is our overriding concern as we continue our planning for this year’s event. Stay healthy and get your cycling legs ready! Click here to register
The Pedal with Pete Board of Directors
About The Pedal with Pete Foundation
The Pedal with Pete Foundation’s community of volunteers work to raise funds for cerebral palsy research through events that include bike rides and walks, and through other fundraising. Established by Pete Zeidner, who had cerebral palsy, in Kent, Ohio, these events have spread to Columbus, Ohio and Emmetsburg, Iowa.
With the funds raised, grants totaling $50,000-$75,000 per year are awarded to researchers to further their work developing prevention, treatment, and cures for cerebral palsy research that is making a difference for people with cerebral palsy, including 800,000 children and adults in the United States alone.
The Pedal with Pete Foundation reviews research proposals submitted by the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and typically funds two-three research projects each year. These projects are mostly early stage research work intended to serve as seed projects leading to subsequent research proposals submitted to major funding sources such as the National Institutes of Health. These seed grants are a critical part of the clinical research process.
Since the Foundation is completely run by volunteers and works hard to keep costs down through generous donations of supplies from the community, over 80% of every dollar raised goes directly to cerebral palsy research.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition usually developed during the birth process, when the brain is damaged by a lack of oxygen. Its affects can range from a small hand tremor to someone who is completely bed-bound. In spite of an advanced case of cerebral palsy, Pete rode a recumbent bicycle great distances, raising money for cerebral palsy research. His perseverance, like that of many others with cerebral palsy, always inspired us.
Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more or would like to volunteer your time or supplies for events, start a new event in your community, or to make a monetary donation.