Both man and beast will benefit from a busy fundraising weekend in St. Louis.
Thousands turned out at Forest Park for the 19th annual JDRF Walk to cure diabetes. Officials estimate about 25,000 people took part in yesterday's walk which raised money for people living with type-one diabetes.
Soldier's memorial was the starting place for the fourth annual "Pedal the Cause" fundraiser. The cycling event raises money for cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. In the first three years, the event has raised more than four million dollars for cancer research.
And the Animal Protective Association of Missouri hosted its 23rd annual Canine Carnival Sunday at Tilles Park. Dogs and their owners participated in agility contests, a cheese ball toss, and a celebrity-judged "ugliest" dog contest. The Canine Carnival is the APA's biggest event of the year.
The Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University is the recipient of two, multi-million dollar grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute. The grants total $26-million and will help establish the School of Medicine as a premier center for innovative leukemia research.
Doctors hope the research will lead to more personalized treatments for patients based on the unique makeup of their leukemia cells. They also hope to discover therapies that improve survival and reduce treatment-related side effects.
In addition, the grant funding will enable the Center to capitalize on research advances at the medical school in order to bring new investigational treatments into clinical trials.