impactCancer Winter 2013


An inspired person can make a difference. Combining the efforts of many inspired people can move mountains. I see it every day at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

With the staggering statistic that one in three Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime, combining the efforts of individuals to change that statistic is the key to creating a cancer-free world. This issue of impactCancer includes a few of these inspirational efforts:

  • Bertha Bouroncle, MD, has created an endowed Chair at Ohio State in her name to further inspire cancer research excellence.
  • At the young age of 10, Olivia Barr founded an organization supporting cancer research after her mother passed away of cancer at 33.
  • Peter and Susie Horvath continually give of their time to advocate for cancer care and research in our community and beyond.
  • After cancer claimed the life of beloved family man Herbert J. Block, his family turned a golf gathering for friends into an annual event that has raised more than $4.5 million for the OSUCCC – James.

Whether it is through gifts, fundraising events, time or advocacy, the combined efforts of people who support us make a significant difference, and for that we are truly grateful.

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

Pelotonia 12: More Than $42 Million in 4 Years!

Riders and donors in Pelotonia 12, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises money for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, generated more than $16.8 million, bringing the four-year total for the event to more than $42 million.

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Bertha Bouroncle: A Lioness' Share of Contributions

She has been described by a former intern as a “lioness who goes after a diagnosis until she nails it to the wall.”

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Olivia Barr: A 10-Year-Old With a Goal to Kick Colon Cancer

In April 2011, Olivia Barr’s mother, Erika Cooper, died of colon cancer at age 33.

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Peter and Susie Horvath

Giving of Their Time, Treasures and Talents for the Good of Others

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Ceremonial Seeds Sown in ‘Growing the Cure’ Program

Ohio State’s efforts to develop cancer-fighting foods were bolstered at the University’s 50th annual Farm Science Review.

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Turning Pink Into Green For Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State

These are merely a few highlights of the record-breaking fundraising month.

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Thirty Years as a Driving Force in the Fight Against Cancer

When cancer claimed the life of Herbert J. Block in May 1981, the respect, love and determination of his wife, Maxine, five children and countless friends turned this personal tragedy into a triumph.

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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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Headline News

The Gastrointestinal Oncology section at the OSUCCC – James continues to expand with the appointment of Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD, as section chief.

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