Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: 60 miles

Team: Team Siteman

ID: 61680

Lifetime total: $2,500.00


WHY I'M INSPIRED

I am proud to join Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. This organization has raised nearly $10 million for cancer research, and, because of matching funds that pay for the administrative costs, 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

They have already awarded my colleagues and me $800,000 for the next two years for our work on gastric and colon cancer. We will be using new technology to grow little stomachs and intestines from real patients in 3-D in dishes. And we will use brand new technologies to introduce different gene mutations like the ones cancer patients acquire to see how they affect growth of these little organs (organoids) in tissue culture. We think this will lead to more rapid understanding of how the mutations cause cancer and for screening of drugs to make the cells behave again.

I think cancer is one of the best targets for research dollars, as we are making real strides every year towards better prevention and treatment of this multifaceted disease. My mother would not be alive today were it not for improved treatment of Hodgkin's disease that stemmed from biomedical research. We can make a difference if we continue our fight!


MY PTC HISTORY

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