Celebrating National Cancer Research Month

May is National Cancer Research Month and we’re proud to highlight a few of the many incredible researchers here in St. Louis whose work you have helped support through Pedal the Cause.

Since 2009, Pedal the Cause participants have collectively raised more than $32 million. 100% of those funds have fueled significant research locally at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. To date, we’ve funded 168 total projects, including 130 adult and 38 pediatric (total includes two pieces of equipment critical to cancer research). These four researchers are involved in projects currently funded by Pedal the Cause and it’s exciting to see the progress they are making thanks to you!

As the director of the Optical Radiology Laboratory at Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Samuel Achilefu, PhD leads a team of biologists, chemists, engineers, medical scientists, physicians and physicists focused on uncovering new frontiers in medical research.

Achilefu developed a prototype for goggles that allow surgeons to actually see cancer cells while operating. These goggles allow for more precision during surgery, potentially reducing the need for additional surgeries and subsequent stress on patients.

2021 is Achilefu’s sixth year participating in Pedal the Cause. He is the team captain of Cancer Lasers. As a team, they’ve raised more than $32,000 for cancer research!

Check out his Featured Fighter video here!

Huang is a member of team Radiation Oncology Accelerators – collectively they have raised nearly $90,000 for cancer research.

Huang has a clinical trial currently funded by Pedal the Cause to learn how resting-state function MRI can improve radiotherapy planning, reducing its negative impact on glioma patients. Gliomas are malignant brain tumors that are typically treated with chemoradiotherapy. Some patients develop problems with mental functions after treatment and this study aims to identify the brain networks that may be affected by treatment, providing important background information to improve radiotherapy planning, reducing these negative effects on future patients.

Through a project recently awarded funding through Pedal the Cause, Ashley Housten is developing a coordinated care model for metastatic breast cancer care.

Meeting the needs of patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) can be challenging due to the multifaceted coordination required to address their complex care. The lack of a clear process for the routine care of patients with MBC may lead to under- and over-use of care and undue patient and system burden.

By creating a streamlined communications process, Housten aims to significantly improve the patient experience and the care they receive.

Click here to hear more about this project!

2021 will be Dr. Jeffrey Bednarski’s sixth year participating in Pedal the Cause. He is a member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital team, which has raised more than half a million total for cancer research!

Pedal the Cause has funded his current project exploring the way pediatric leukemia functions, which will ultimately leading to improved treatment. The project specifically focuses on acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer, affecting 3,000 children in the United States each year.

Thank you to the Pedal the Cause family for making critical cancer research possible. By supporting these projects, and many more, you’re helping cancer patients of all ages and helping create a world without cancer.

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