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Man joins 'Pedal the Cause' after own battle with cancer

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Craig Stiegemeier (Credit: Craig) Craig Stiegemeier (Credit: Craig)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Craig Stiegemeier joined ‘Pedal the Cause’ after his own battle with cancer.

After having skin cancer removed from his ear in 2012, doctors found a brain tumor the size of a golf ball.

“The first doctor, a resident, said it was inoperable and I had four to six months to live,” Stiegemeier said. “I really didn’t like that option.”

So, he went to Siteman Cancer Center.

“They put together a tumor board, bunch of experts, a brain surgeon obviously was part of that but also several other experts because I ended up having a cancerous kidney and adrenal gland,” he said.

Doctors successfully removed the tumors and Stiegemeier started immunotherapy.

“All these other tumors that were appearing throughout my body, my immune system gobbled them up.”

Stiegemeier has been cancer free for three years but the care he received made him realize the importance of research, which is why he got into “Pedal the Cause.”

“I realized how such a big deal it was that “Pedal the Cause” is supporting this leading edge research that goes on a Siteman and Children’s.”

Stiegemeier, his friends and coworkers have put together a team and raised over $50,000 to support fighting cancer.

The 2017 Pedal the Cause event will take place September 23 and 24 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Click here for more information or to join the KMOV team.

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