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Pelotonia ‘11 Raises a Record $13.1 Million

Pelotonia ’11 riders and donors raised a record $13,108,639 for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, a 68-percent increase over the 2010 fundraising total of $7.8 million.

From Aug. 19-21, 4,986 riders from 38 states and four countries rode up to 180 miles on one of four routes during the annual grassroots bicycle tour that was started in 2009. The three-year fundraising total is approximately $25.47 million.

Every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders and donors is invested in research initiatives at the OSUCCC – James, a distinction made possible by Pelotonia’s generous funding partners: Limited Brands Foundation; Huntington Bank; Richard and Peggy Santulli; American Electric Power Foundation; Nationwide Insurance; and Cardinal Health Foundation. Pelotonia also benefits from in-kind donations made by numerous locally and nationally based companies, and from the services of some 1,700 volunteers who helped out in 2011.

Pelotonia dollars support research projects that address all aspects of cancer, from diagnosis and treatment to psychosocial issues and prevention. Funds are also used to recruit and retain outstanding cancer researchers to Ohio State and to purchase sophisticated equipment that helps the more than 270 scientists at the OSUCCC – James conduct their research. Details are available online. Pelotonia 2012 is scheduled for Aug. 10-12. To register, visit

OSUCCC – James Repeats as a Leapfrog ‘Top Hospital’

For the third consecutive year and fourth time in five years, the OSUCCC – James has been named among the safest and most effective hospitals in the country by the Leapfrog Group, a national coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage who collectively work to improve healthcare quality.

The James is among 65 hospitals from a field of almost 1,200 to be named 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospitals based on a rating system that provides an up-to-the-minute assessment of a hospital’s quality and safety. A complete list of 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospitals can be viewed at The Leapfrog Group is a consortium of about 150 Fortune 500 companies that pay for healthcare needs of an estimated 34 million Americans.

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