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USNWR Ranks OSUCCC – James 20th in Nation

For the 13th consecutive year, the OSUCCC – James earned a place on U.S.News and World Report’s top 50 list of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer care. This year, Ohio State’s cancer program was ranked 20th in the nation by U.S.News, a significant jump from last year’s impressive ranking of 26th. The OSUCCC – James first made the list in 1999, less than a decade after the hospital opened in July 1990, and has remained there ever since.

This ranking follows an “exceptional” rating of the OSUCCC – James by the National Cancer Institute earlier this year. “Exceptional” is the highest rating that the NCI gives to cancer centers around the country. More information on U.S.News rankings is available on its website,

Pelotonia Riders Reap Dollars for Cancer Research

Almost 5,000 riders and some 1,700 volunteers joined forces to ensure the success of Pelotonia ’11, the annual bicycling tour to raise money for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. As of early September, the Aug. 20 weekend-long ride between Columbus and Athens, Ohio, had raised nearly $9.4 million.

The event attracted riders from 38 states and four nations. More than 1,000 riders constituted Team Buckeye, the official Ohio State University super peloton (riding group).

Fundraising for Pelotonia ’11 will continue through Oct. 21, but revenue from this year’s ride is expected to push the overall three-year total to more than $21 million. Last year’s tour generated $7.8 million, and the 2009 inaugural Pelotonia raised $4.5 million.

Some of the money raised supports the Pelotonia Fellowship Program, which has provided 120 students with money to pursue innovative ideas in cancer research. To learn about some of the 2011 Pelotonia Fellowship recipients, click here.

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