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Kennard First Grader Receives Pedal The Cause Top Honors


Kenndard CJA First Grade Student Receives Top Honors 
Pedal the Cause presents Clare Blase Spirit Award to Lenore Upwood


ST. LOUIS (April 5, 2016) — Pedal the Cause is pleased to announce that seven-year-old St. Louis resident and Kennard Classical Junior Academy student, Lenore Upwood, is the recipient of the 2015 Pedal the Cause Clare Blase Spirit Award.

“We are extremely excited that Lenore is receiving this award as she truly embodies the same incredible spirit as Clare,” said Carrie Sweigart, COO of Pedal the Cause. “This award was created in 2012 to honor the memory of Clare Blase and her infectious enthusiasm, determination and inspirational leadership in raising funds and awareness for Pedal the Cause and cancer research.”

Pedal the Cause, a community-wide cycling event that raises funds to advance cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, has already funded 70 cancer research projects — including 51 adult and 19 pediatric projects. The funds from Pedal the Cause 2015 brings the total donation to an astounding $12.5 million in merely six years — 100% of which directly supports innovative cancer research in St. Louis.

The 2015 event was Lenore’s second year participating in Pedal the Cause. She rode her hand-propelled bike in the Ameren Kids Challenge as a member of the Bartlett’s Bikers team. As an avid Star Wars fan, Lenore was determined to ‘use the force’ to help her give 100% in the fight against cancer.

“This young lady developed one of the most unique and exciting third party events that we have ever seen,” said Sweigart. “Lenore raised $2,640 for cancer research by hosting a Use the Force for the Cause third party fundraising event.”

Emulating the same determination she had in her battle against cancer, Lenore plans to continue her fight to create a world without cancer. You can join Lenore at Pedal the Cause 2016 or support her efforts to create a world without cancer by visiting


About Pedal the Cause:

Pedal the Cause is the premier cycling experience in the region, the pinnacle event of the year, and the driving force behind creating a world without cancer. Pedal the Cause is the only St. Louis event that gives 100% of public donations to Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to accelerate lifesaving cancer research. Pedal the Cause 2016 will be held on Sept. 24 & 25 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Chesterfield, Mo.