Spinning a tale of hope in the fight against cancer

Pedal the Cause honored with an inaugural InSpire Award 

Image of Spire employees and Pedal the Cause employees in Spire's lobby

Spire and Pedal the Cause employees gather at one of Spire's St. Louis offices for the award presentation

It will take world-class research to create a world without cancer. That drive for research, and, ultimately, a cure has fueled Spire’s support of Pedal the Cause for more than 10 years.

Pedal the Cause raises funds through an annual cycling challenge, and countless employees have participated. Since 2012, Spire and its employees have contributed more than $350,000 to the organization, which provides critical funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Managing Director of Regulatory Affairs David Yonce has been riding and supporting Pedal the Cause since joining Spire in 2013. He also recently joined Pedal’s board and has taken an active role in helping the organization reach new heights.

“Nearly everyone knows someone who’s been impacted by cancer. It's an honor to support the amazing doctors and researchers at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids in their pursuit to cure cancer once and for all,” said David. 

David had the honor of presenting one of four inaugural InSpire Awards to Pedal the Cause. Through the newly created awards, Spire is honoring the organization for demonstrating vision, innovation and a commitment to improving and advancing communities and people’s lives.

Longtime Pedal supporters and participants Suzanne Sitherwood and George Godat, vice president and general manager for Missouri East, joined in the celebration, as did team co-captain Jessica Weissert, gas supply scheduler, a number of employee cyclists and members of the Spire Serves team.

Representing Pedal the Cause were Pam Mandelker, director of development; Ashley Saitta, director of operations and community engagement; and Judy Glik, a Pedal board member.