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A local cycling event coming up later this month aims to replace hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and treatment eliminated by federal budget cuts colloquially known as sequestration that have plagued many sectors of the economy in recent months.

Pedal the Cause, a series of one-and-two day rides ranging from 25 to 180 miles, takes place October 26 and 27, with fundraising efforts continuing into November.

“San Diego is fortunate to have world-class cancer research and treatment institutions, and we are putting on a world-class event to support them, with the help of thousands of people from around Southern California,” says Pedal the Cause founder Bill Koman, himself a two-time lymphoma survivor.

All of the money raised (over $500,000 has been pledged to date) is to stay in San Diego, benefitting UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

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