Bikers Pedal Against Cancer in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls was taken over by bicyclists today as over a hundred people pedaled around town and along the bike trails. This was the third annual Pedal Farr, Falls Area River Ride.
It’s a fundraiser for the foundation Live Strong and families battling cancer. This is something that hits home for many of the riders.
“Everybody knows somebody impacted by cancer so one way or another you will be impacted by cancer whether it’s a diagnosis that you get or a family member or you’ve had somebody pass from cancer ,” said Emily Anderson, Founder of Pedal Farr.
There were eight different stops on the bikers route that included food and games. This year they wanted to do something special. One stop was is in memory of Shannon Peck who passed away from cancer six months ago.
“Shannon is a mother of three that passed away in February of lung cancer, so the idea was that the cans of Coke would have share a Coke with Shannon on it, her name,” said Anderson.
Her family passed them out. They also displayed pictures of her.
“She had touched so many people’s lives in so many different ways and just continues even today to just be an inspiration to those that knew her, those that didn’t even know her, which is truly amazing and humbling to think just by being who she was and the type of person that she was,” said her husband, David Peck.
It meant a lot to her family that Pedal Farr set this up so they could celebrate her life and share their story with other riders.
“It’s amazing I mean again we fought this battle for two years and two months and this August 4th has been six months since she went home and but yet people continue day after day to just give and take care of us and lift us up and those around them. And the fact that people still want to do it even after all this time just sees fitting and is a good way to keep her memory going and who she was alive,” said Peck.
For all those pedaling it was a day to remember their own loved ones and a good reminder that they’re not alone.