Sept. 24-25: Ride for Cancer Research
In 2015, Team Leukemia raised more than $27,000 for cancer research at Pedal the Cause. This annual cycling fundraising event donates 100 percent of its proceeds to innovative cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. With 25 riders and 12 virtual riders, the team far surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $10,000.
Team Leukemia was formed in 2015 by Bill Eades, Director of the Flow Cytometry Core at Siteman Cancer Center and Associate Professor in the bone marrow transplant (BMT) section at Washington University School of Medicine, after noticing that there wasn’t a leukemia-specific team participating in the race. Riding alongside him are many other members of the bone marrow transplant team at Siteman Cancer Center.
This year, Eades will have a co-captain for Team Leukemia: Bill Jehling, a leukemia survivor. Jehling was diagnosed in 2008 with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). After two stem cell transplants, Jehling has been in remission for six years. He rode with Team Leukemia last year, raising more than $3,000. Read more about Jehling in this issue of SPORE In Touch.
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Team Leukemia is hoping to raise even more money this year for cancer research. Funding from Pedal the Cause has already led to the launch leukemia-specific projects at Siteman Cancer Center, along with the support from SPORE grants.
This year, the Pedal the Cause ride is scheduled for Sept. 24 and 25.