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I’m on vacation. It’s the same vacation I take every summer to a cozy hamlet in northern Michigan. The little town is the same, with fudge shops and stray bikes. The lake is beautiful as always, and the weather is delightfully unpredictable. Nevertheless, something is different. Something has changed.
Pedal the Cause
Ughhh, that day!” Leisa Zigman groans when I ask her about Nov. 1, 2010. Her reaction kind of caught me by surprise. I guess I expected a well thought-out, clearly delivered, news-like response from KSDK’s Zigman. After all, she’s one of the classiest, most unflappable TV news reporters in St. Louis. But that was clearly a day she hates to re-live.
First diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, Bill Koman is a two-time cancer survivor—with a commitment to take the challenge to another level. That dedication made way for Pedal the Cause, an annual fall cycling event with a mission to provide funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Academy of Science
This week, we highlight local high school students who have taken it upon themselves to make a difference in the community.
When a first-time event raises more than $910,000 for cancer research in a single weekend, it’s no surprise that the encore is highly anticipated, with goals and excitement levels higher than ever. Last October, more than 800 cyclists teamed up for a city-wide fundraising bike challenge, Pedal the Cause, in downtown St. Louis.
9-OCT-2010 -- ST LOUIS - Over 700 cyclists start the Pedal the Cause ride through St Louis. The start of the 700 riders took just about 3 minutes to complete. Pedal the Cause is an annual cycling event that seeks to provide and direct net funding for cancer research, cancer discovery grants and clinical translational care on best ideas not currently eligible for federal funds. With 100% of donations remaining in St. Louis, the event was started by Bill Koman, a St Louis business man and himself a cancer survivor.
When…The Confluence Partnership held its annual meeting at the Deer Creek Golf & Country Club? Co-chair Tom Schlafly and speaker Bob Duffy discussed preservation of the natural spaces along St. Louis-area rivers. The organization works to support a network of natural areas, cultural sites and recreational facilities centered on the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Pictured: Tom Schlafly, Sally Schlafly Cohn and Bob Duffy.
When…Dr. Mary Wakefield, administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration, visited Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers’ Water Tower Health Center to tour the facility and present a symbolic check for $2,147,821 to Alan Freeman, GHNHC president and CEO?
Vanity, thy name is high heels. Granted, they make our legs look long and slinky, but at what cost? “Excessively high heels, especially the ones with very pointed narrow toe boxes, can lead to an exacerbation of bunions and hammertoes, and can cause corns and calluses,” says Dr. Julie Stewart, a podiatrist with the Foot and Ankle Center. She says many high heel wearers also develop low back pain from the excessive curve in the lower back needed to maintain balance. High heels can also cause plantar fasciitis and actually shorten the Achilles tendon because of the constant state of shortening, especially when they are worn most days of the week.
Pedal the Cause’s Bill Koman
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the questions begin. What to do next? What can we expect? And perhaps, the most poignant—Why has this happened to us?
The Office star and JBS alum (’98) ELLIE KEMPER has been announced as the host of the 34th annual Mid-America Emmy Gala, to be held in St. Louis Oct. 9. The ceremony will honor a few local luminaries, including Silver Circle inductees MARTIN DUGGAN and SUZI SCHRAPPEN. Incidentally, we’re told Kemper and her sister, CARRIE KEMPER, are working on a book. The New York Times reports the tentatively titled Monday Sessions chronicles a fictitious Manhattan psychiatrist through her diary entries and patient files.
Ted Allen is living every foodie’s dream. For the past several years, he’s been wined and dined as a judge for Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America. He also sipped and savored his way through the Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye. He’s currently the host of Chopped and Food Detectives on the Food Network and a contributing editor for Esquire magazine. And when he’s not investigating moldy cheese or putting bacon toffee to the test, you’ll see him campaigning as spokesperson on behalf of Dining Out for Life, the annual, one-day fund-raiser to benefit the fight against AIDS.