impactCancer Summer 2013
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