The Pedal with Pete Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c (3) organization with a mission to raise funds for research leading to better prevention strategies and treatment protocols to improve the quality of life of people who live with cerebral palsy, their families and caregivers. All of the work of the Foundation is carried out by volunteers, enabling over 80% of all funds raised to be directed towards the Foundation’s research program. Each year the Foundation sponsors three cycling events in the Midwest to raise funds for its research program.
The Pedal with Pete Foundation was founded in Kent, OH in 1993 by Pete Zeidner. Although he had a serious case of cerebral palsy, he rode a recumbent bicycle with joy and purpose. He combined his love of cycling, his first-hand knowledge of cerebral palsy, and his marketing knowledge to conceive of a way to raise funds for cerebral palsy research. The Foundation moved from Kent to Columbus in 2010. The cumulative amount of money raised by the Foundation passed the million dollar level in 2015, and continues to grow.
For over 25 years the Foundation has been a consistent funding source of critical seed grants for cerebral palsy research. This reputation is the result of the hard work and support of the loyal volunteers, donors, and ride participants that make up the Pedal with Pete family.
Board of Directors
Nick Farmer, President
Phil Rosen, Vice President
Lauri Kaplan, Secretary
John Manley, Treasurer
Julie Breckenridge, Director
Mei Gong, Director
Sabine Kuhn, Director
Roger Schenck, Director
Mimi Singh, Director
Paul Stock, Director
Jim Stroble, Director
1993 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation founded in Kent, OH.
1994 – Pete planned a cross-country trip.
1995 – First Kent Bike-a-thon held.
1996 – The Spokesman, newsletter for the Pedal with Pete Foundation is first published.
1996 – Bike-a-thon held in Rocky River, OH, first grant made to cerebral palsy research
1997 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation gains national recognition through an article published in BOND magazine.
1998 – Kent annual bike-a-thons moved from September to May.
1999 – First Pedal with Pete ride west of the Mississippi, sponsored by the 4-H Youth County Council of Palo Alto, Iowa.
1999 – Hudson, OH Gala raised $10,000.
2001 – Walk-a-thon becomes a part of the Kent bike-a-thons.
2002 – 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), first Central Ohio Ride, for Pete’s Sake!, WALK-A-MILE challenge introduced.
2003 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation made its first $50,000 grant to cerebral palsy research, Celebrating Ten Years of Support for Cerebral Palsy Research 1993 – 2003
2004 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation made a $50,000 grant to cerebral palsy research again.
2005 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation made a $50,000 grant to cerebral palsy research for the third year in a row.
2010 – The Pedal with Pete Foundation headquarters is moved from Kent to Columbus.
2015 – Pete’s original $1 million cerebral palsy research goal is 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 cerebral palsy research.
2016 – Celebrated the $1 M milestone and launched forward to raise more dollars for cerebral palsy research. $1M AND COUNTING!
2018 – Pete 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, Pete Zeidner, who passed away quietly on March 15th at the age of 60.