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Doctor participates in 'Pedal the Cause' to advance cancer research

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Dr. William Hawkins (Credit: Pedal the Cause) Dr. William Hawkins (Credit: Pedal the Cause)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Doctors and researchers at Washington University and Siteman Cancer Center were given a $10.4 million grant, which Dr. William Hawkins, chief investigator for the grant, played a big role in making happen.

Dr. Hawkins is a surgeon and top researchers at Siteman Cancer Center. He is working on developing drugs that can get specifically to the cancer in a person’s body.

For six years, Dr. Hawkins has raised money and biked for “Pedal the Cause” to help advance cancer research. The $10.4 million grant was funded by money from “Pedal the Cause.”

“From the beginning it was a no brainier for me,” he said. “I mean, I sit across from patients every day, I take care of desperate cancers, the survivability of the cancers I take care of are very poor, and so having new research was very important to me. So, it was easy to get involved.”

Dr. Hawkins’ team, the Pancreas Cancer Road Warriors, has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.

“If you wanna measure it by dollars, the money spent here really pays off, but that’s not how we think about it,” Dr. Hawkins said. “It’s not about the dollars, the return on the investment is the hope. The hope that we can do things about these tumors we don’t have answers for yet, and that really does provide the patients with hope.”

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