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Pedal the Cause: Raising money for cancer research

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SAN DIEGO (CBS NEWS 8) - Hundreds of bicyclists took part in a ride to Julian for a worthy cause Saturday, October 26.  KFMB sponsored Pedal the Cause to raise money for cancer research.

The wake up call may have been early, but it wasn't lacking energy.

"I'm so excited for today, didn't know this many people were going to be here," said AM 760 radio host Mike Slater.

And in this sea of supporters and survivors it wasn't hard to find amazing people like Brooke Wilson who was diagnosed with melanoma in February.

"I thought this is something I can do that will directly benefit me, and the treatment I'm going through right now," Wilson said.

And despite all the surgeries and treatment, she made time to train for a two day ride.

"Whether you're riding for yourself, or someone else who's been touched by cancer, and if you haven't been touched by cancer...I have the best genes in the business," Wilson said.

The ride to Julian wasn't easy, just ask Meteorologist Natasha Stenbock. But even when it got tough, she thought of her uncle and good friend who were taken by cancer just 10 days apart.

"Everyone's telling their story and the people they're riding for, it makes you think about why you're riding. Even I got all teared up like gosh," Stenbock said.

Saturday's ride helped raise money and awareness for San Diego's three national cancer institutes. Leona Floreson works at Moores Cancer Center and can tell you just how much they need the money.

"I ride for my brother, and I ride for all my friends who are scientists...And are having issues with funding," Floreson said.

"Over the past decade federal funding for cancer research has actually decreased by about 10 percent...individuals and private funding," said Anna Maria White.

For Carol Cox, advances in cancer research saved her mom.

"Probably would have been a death sentence for her but she got great treatment and is alive today...Just trying to support that and celebrate her life," Cox said.

She's urging people to get involved because whether it's now or later, cancer is a fight we're all in together.

"Give money, support it, because if you get sick or someone in your family gets sick you're going to be able to benefit from that world class treatment you can get here," Cox said.

Some of the footage used in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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