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Explore the events that we sponsor to raise funds for cerebral palsy research.
Review the research projects that we have funded.
A message regarding Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic that is spreading throughout the world will impact all of us in several ways, in the immediate term and for several years to come. This pandemic has impacted our local communities as well as major cities and small villages in remote parts of the world most of us have never experienced. While the magnitude of this pandemic can be unsettling, the shared nature of the uncertainty should make us all the more aware that “we are in this together.”
Many of the members of our Cerebral Palsy community are at high risk of becoming seriously ill if infected by the coronavirus. Therefore, we are encouraging all of the volunteers who make up the Pedal with Pete Foundation to offer all the support and assistance they can to the families and caregivers of those with Cerebral Palsy, so that they can focus on keeping their loved ones safe during this uncertain time.
The mission of the Pedal with Pete Foundation: “To raise funds for research leading to better prevention strategies, treatment protocols or cures that improve the quality of life for people who live with Cerebral Palsy, their families and caregivers.” could apply equally as well to the coronavirus pandemic.
Let us hope that the many governments, foundations and research institutes around the world that are working intensely to find a cure or to treat the symptoms will be successful soon. Several groups are also partnering to discover and bring to market a viable vaccine for the coronavirus. We hope that this pandemic will soon be a thing of the past!
The Pedal with Pete Board of Directors
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.