Frontiers Pelotonia Special Edition 2015
Many of us may remember our younger days of choosing sides for a ballgame or some other monumental competition. Sometimes we’d look across at the opposing lineup and wonder about our chances. Our global war on cancer is something like that. We face a formidable foe that is rife with biological mystery and mayhem.
But we have a lot going for us, too, including legions of researchers, clinicians, nurses and allied professionals who work tirelessly to solve the riddles of this disease and translate scientific discoveries to better patient care and prevention strategies.
We also have thousands of people who are committed to supporting this effort through incredibly successful events such as Pelotonia, our annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises millions of dollars for cancer research at Ohio State.
Last year’s Pelotonia raised a record $21,049,621, pushing the six-year total for this event to more than $82.3 million. That kind of funding makes a strong difference in our ability to fight cancer, a complex disease that is biologically unique in each patient and must be approached with treatments that target the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that drive each malignancy.
This special issue of Frontiers, devoted entirely to Pelotonia, offers a look at how money raised by the event’s generous riders, virtual riders and donors is being used at the OSUCCC – James as we pursue our vision of a cancer-free world. It also contains inspirational profiles of a researcher rider, a physician-researcher rider and a cancer-survivor rider.
With so much on our side in our collective quest to end cancer, we shouldn’t wonder about the outcome of this supremely important match. We’re going to win. Arthur G. James, MD, for whom our hospital is named, once said that he didn’t know when cancer would be defeated, but he was certain the day is coming.
I agree, and so should we all. Thanks to our dedicated efforts, it’s only a matter of time. Let’s roll on toward Pelotonia 15, set for Aug. 7-9. I hope to see you there.