impactCancer Summer 2013

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The wheels keep turning for Pelotonia, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises millions of dollars for cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Riders and donors in Pelotonia 12 raised a record $16,871,403, a 28-percent increase over the Pelotonia 11 total of $13.1 million. The 2012 tally brings the four-year fundraising total for Pelotonia, which began in 2009, to more than $42 million. Pelotonia 12 had more than 6,200 riders, making it the largest single-event biking fundraiser, in terms of riders, in the United States.

At this writing, we’re just days away from Pelotonia 13 (Aug. 9-11), when more than 6,600 riders (registered so far) and more than 3,000 virtual riders will take to the road for cancer research. Each of the Pelotonias held since this popular event was established has successively attracted more riders, donors and volunteers while generating increasing sums of money, every dollar of which benefits cancer research and supports our shared vision of creating a cancer-free world, one person, one discovery at a time.

Everyone associated with Pelotonia and all assets of fundraising for the OSUCCC – James should be proud of what we are accomplishing. At a time when government funding for cancer research is hard to obtain, we have stepped forward to raise money ourselves. Our supporters give of their own earnings, hold events to benefit The James, and are ambassadors in our community to further the work that our award-winning researchers and clinicians do every day.

On behalf of the OSUCCC – James family, I thank all of our donors, Pelotonia riders, volunteers and other supporters for your generosity in supporting our cause against cancer.

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD
Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

Cancer Program News

OSUCCC – James has announced 11 new grants awarded through the 2013 Intramural Research Program (IRP).

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Pelotonia

The four-year fundraising total for Pelotonia is more than $42 million.

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Hetty Walker: Creating Chrissy’s Legacy

Hetty Walker lovingly caresses a photo of her beautiful blonde daughter Chrissy, recalling the promise she made to the 24-year old as she bravely fought colon cancer: to raise awareness of the colon cancer that eventually stole her daughter’s life.

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Barry Sanders: Given New Hope and Giving Back

Barry Sanders was stunned when a routine blood test prior to surgery for an athletic injury revealed he had chronic myelogenous leukemia.

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From A Grateful Patient

The stories of patients and their families are humbling and pay tribute to the tremendous work that OSUCCC – James physicians, researchers and care teams do each day.

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Ed Razek: An Angel for The James

How does one surprise and honor a man who is frequently surrounded by Victoria’s Secret models and all the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry?

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JEGS Foundation: Racing for Cancer Research

The Coughlin family—driven by patriarch Jeg Coughlin Sr. and sons John, Troy, Mike and Jeg Jr.—is a family on the move.

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Diane Nye and Michael Rayden

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Andy Sankin: Discovering The James as a Home Away From Home

When a doctor recommended an aggressive course of treatment for Andy Sankin, he wanted a second opinion.

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Providing Support: Through Heart-felt Hospitality

Bob Evans Farms knows a thing or two about serving a hungry breakfast crowd.

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Community Partners

The OSUCCC – James Community Partners Program consists of corporations, individuals and community groups who raise funds in support of our mission to create a cancer-free world.

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World’s Longest BBQ: Cooking Up a Cure

At one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive universities, it is fitting that students would hold an event for the record books: the World’s Longest BBQ.

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I Ride for You: Building Bonds Between Riders and Legacies

Since its inception five years ago, Pelotonia has helped form lasting bonds among riders as well as the patients, survivors and families who cheer them on.

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The Kaufmann-Fink Family: Doing MMORE to Fight Multiple Myeloma

When her then-22-year-old daughter Sarah was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2005, Nancy Kaufmann often lay awake at night filled with worry.

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