Pedal the Cause announces funding for local cancer research

6:37 PM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - NewsChannel 5 has exciting news to share with you regarding a project that so many of you helped to support.

The station was a proud sponsor of Pedal the Cause, a cycling event that raised $1.3 million last October.

In just a few hours, PTC will announce how the money you helped to raise will fund new life saving research treatments. But you get to read it here first.

All of the money from the event stays in St. Louis and 100 percent of what is donated goes straight to cancer research.

After an exhaustive grant application process, Pedal the Cause awarded money to eight cancer researchers at Siteman Cancer Center and four cancer researchers at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Some of the money will fund projects trying to find new treatments and cures for adult and childhood brain tumors, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and melanoma.

Read about all the projects in depth

Some of the money will help children like eight-year-old Ethan Ward, who has a brain tumor brought on by a little funded disease called neurofibromatosis.

"Sometimes, when they put the medicine in, I get dizzy," Ethan said.

Pediatric neurooncologist, Dr. Josh Rubin, will lead the research project to find a new targeted treatment for Ethan's brain tumor and for adult brain tumors as well.

"Regardless of age, more males get brain tumors than females," he said.

Dr. Rubin explained that without funding from Pedal the Cause, his research to find a cure would not be possible.

"The notion that there are individuals and they go out and ride their bikes to earn money to make donations for cancer research for both children and adults this means so much," Dr. Rubin said.

All the research will take place at Washington University, Siteman Cancer Center, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

This year's Pedal the Cause ride is set to take place October 6 and October 7. Registration starts on March 1, 2011. To find out how you can become a part of raising money for new targeted cancer treatments and cures go to


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