Historical Timeline

The Pedal with Pete Foundation is grateful for the donors, supporters, participants, and volunteers, who are a part of the PwP family.  Together, we have achieved these milestones. And now, Pedal with Pete is an internationally recognized seed grant funder for cerebral palsy research.  You have helped us to be a critical, consistent, and discerning funder in the CP community.

Thanks to you all, 17  million people worldwide who live with CP, and their families and caregivers, have help and hope.

Some milestones over the years:

1993 – Pedal with Pete founded in Kent, Ohio
1994 – Planned a cross-country trip
1995 – September: First Kent Bike-a-thon held
1996 – Spring: The Spokesman, newsletter for Pedal with Pete is first published
1996 – May: Bike-a-thon held in Rocky River, Ohio
1996 – First grant made to cerebral palsy research
1997 – PwP gains national recognition through an article published in BOND magazine
1998 – Kent annual bike-a-thons moved from September to May
1999 – First PwP ride west of the Mississippi, sponsored by the 4-H Youth County Council of Palo Alto, Iowa
1999 – Gala Hudson, Ohio raised $10,000
2001 – Walk-a-thon becomes a part of the Kent bike-a-thons
2002 – April: The Exceptional Parent magazine features story of Pedal-with-Pete for the special needs community (Pedaling with Pete: one man’s journey to raise awareness about cerebral palsy by Anne Kirkland)
2002 – August: First Central Ohio Ride, for Pete’s Sake!
2002 – October: WALK-A-MILE challenge introduced
2003 – Pedal with Pete made its first $50,000 grant to cerebral palsy research
Celebrating Ten Years of Support for Cerebral Palsy Research 1993 – 2003
2004 – Pedal with Pete made a $50,000 grant to cerebral palsy research again
2005 – Pedal with Pete made a $50,000 grant to cerebral palsy research for the third year
2010 – New Board of Directors established in Columbus
2015 – Pete’s original $1 million for CP research goal met.
2016 – Pete published his autobiography called “It Sucks to be a Gimp: Pedaling to Freedom”. Available for purchase through Amazon and LuLu. All proceeds benefiting CP research.
2016 – Celebrated the $1 M milestone and launched forward to raise more dollars for CP research. $1M AND COUNTING!
2018 – Peter Zeidner receives the prestigious Kathleen Lyle Murray Foundation award at the 2018 Annual AACPDM Conference because of his humanitarian efforts to enhance the lives of persons with severe disabilities.
2018 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation launches a new brand, including an updated logo, slogan, and messaging scheme to emphasize our diverse community partnering to fund cerebral palsy research.
2019 – The Pedal with Pete Family mourned the passing and also celebrated the extraordinary life of our founder, Peter Zeidner, who passed away quietly on March 15th at the age of 60.

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