YOU FUNDED IT! 11 New Projects funded by Pedal the Cause

Research on liver, lung, prostate and breast cancers are among the 11 projects that will benefit from $1.8 million in new grants announced by Siteman Cancer Center through its Siteman Investment Program. Pedal the Cause is proud to be the major contributor of funds for these grants, which seed some of the most promising and innovative ideas in cancer research. In 2018, 3,598 riders, 1,200 volunteers, and over 40,000 donors made possible a total donation of $4,524,521 to Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to exclusively fund seed research. Since 2010, Pedal the Cause has donated over $24.3 million to these two beneficiaries, funding 129 cancer research projects – 98 adult and 31 pediatric.

One project in this newly-funded group led by Luis Batista, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine and a research member of Siteman Cancer Center, aims to gather much needed molecular knowledge to prevent failure of liver cells and ultimately develop novel treatment strategies against liver cancer, which currently has no cure.

Another project, led by Gregory Vlacich, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine and a research member of Siteman Cancer Center, will study through a clinical trial whether higher doses of radiation delivered safely with chemotherapy using a unique, cutting-edge, MRI-guided radiation delivery system followed by standard-of-care immunotherapy will improve tumor control and survival in non-small cell lung cancer.

“We’re grateful to the Pedal the Cause community; their sponsors, participants and donors for their hard work, fundraising and generosity,” says Dr. Timothy Eberlein, MD, Director, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor; and Bixby Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. “Because of their support, Siteman is able to fund these groundbreaking research projects that will move us to the next level of cancer prevention and treatment.”

“These new projects are going deeper than ever before into the discoveries and advances that will compound to one day provide new treatments and cures for cancer,” says Jay Indovino, Executive Director of Pedal the Cause. “As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Pedal the Cause this year, we are so proud of our community for all they have done and continue to do to fund this vital research that is changing the course of cancer.”

For more information about these newly funded projects, read the Siteman Cancer Center press release here.

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