Girl, 9, training for 'Pedal the Cause' after losing ability to -


Girl, 9, training for 'Pedal the Cause' after losing ability to walk

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ST. LOUIS ( – A local 9-year-old has helped raise thousands of dollars for "Pedal the Cause."

Lenore Upwood was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with Spinal Astrocytoma

“We had no idea it was there until she started having neurological problems and having difficulties standing and everything happened really quickly,” her mother, Karin, said. “She had been a healthy, happy, walking child and within hours everything changed.

After her diagnosis, Lenore’s fighting spirit took over.

“At every stage, when she was asked to do something, there was never any doubt in her mind, she just pushed forward,” said Karin.

While at the hospital, Lenore’s parents were approached by her doctors about "Pedal the Cause."

“They asked her to be the team mascot for one of the medical teams, and suddenly we had this whole new family,” Karin said.

Lenore then became the ride for a child participant for the team "Bartlett’s Bikers," which has a lifetime total of nearly $500,000 for "Pedal the Cause."

“I’m cancer free now but I lose the ability the walk,” Lenore said.

Lenore has a special bike that allows her to still ride for Pedal the Cause. Her ultimate goal is to be the caption of her own team.

Click here for more information about "Pedal the Cause."

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