Siteman Surgeon Captains Pedal the Cause Team

Jason Merrill

Will Gillanders, MD, bikes to work every day, rain or shine.

June 6, 2011 – To his patients, Will Gillanders, MD, is a breast surgeon on the forefront of cancer research, but to those on their morning commutes, he’s the cyclist you see every morning – rain or shine – who rides his bike to the office.

“I love to bike and I bike to work every day,” he says.

That love is part of why Dr. Gillanders is serving as captain of the Siteman Cancer Center’s Pedal the Cause team.

“One of the great things about Pedal the Cause is the opportunity to bike with folks who are passionate about fighting cancer, but who are not necessarily avid cyclists,” he says. “As captain of the Siteman Cancer Center team, I helped to organize a number of training rides, and these rides included riders of all abilities.”

It’s expected almost 2,000 such riders will participate in the second annual Pedal the Cause, a cycling event October 1-2 in downtown St. Louis. Every dollar raised from this event not only stays in St. Louis, but goes directly to cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine as well as St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

There are participation opportunities for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. With four routes of varying length, avid and amateur cyclists are sure to find a route customized to their skill levels. Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground may register as virtual riders and/or volunteers.

Dr. Gillanders is unique in that not only is he a cyclist participating in Pedal the Cause, the event raises money for one of his research projects.

“Seed monies are almost essential to explore promising research leads, and to generate the preliminary data required to prepare a competitive application for funding,” he says. “Money from the 2010 Pedal the Cause was critical in helping to establish my research program, and in helping us to obtain competitive peer-reviewed funding.”

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