impactCancer Spring 2014


At Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), our fundraising momentum continues to grow, thanks to the ceaseless generosity of community donors, partners and advocates who share our vision of creating a cancer-free world.

Through your benevolence, we are increasingly able to recruit and retain world-renowned cancer experts whose groundbreaking research translates to innovative cancer care and prevention strategies – experts such as David Carbone, MD, PhD, a lung cancer specialist who leads our new thoracic oncology center and is highlighted in a story in this issue of ImpactCancer. Dr. Carbone is among several cancer experts who have recently joined our team; some others include Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD, who directs the Division of Surgical Oncology, and Vinay Puduvalli, MD, MBBS, who directs the Division of Neuro-Oncology.

Ultimately it is the people who work and volunteer in Ohio State’s cancer program who enable us to provide our top-notch services and to ofer hope to all who turn to us for help. Our team over the years has comprised not only physicians such as Dr. Carbone and the retired Ron Siegle, MD, who is featured in this issue for a $1 million gift that he and his wife recently gave to our JamesCare for Life program, but also: nurses such as the late Phyllis Kaldor, who is the namesake of a new Hope and Inspiration Tribute Fund announced in this issue; and the people who support our ancillary services, such as Vera Garofalo at Hope’s Boutique, also profiled herein.

But we couldn’t do what we do without the help of all of you. Thanks as always for your caring support.

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD
Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
John L. Marakas Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation Chair in Cancer Research

Cancer Program News

Ohio State Receives $18.7 Million Federal Grant to Establish Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

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Hope’s Boutique: Manager Will Carry Fond Memories Into Retirement

When Vera Garofalo started visiting corporate and community partners in the early 1990s to spread the word about the importance of mammograms, she didn’t utter the words “breast cancer.”

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Hilsheimer Hospitality: Foundation Board Chair Leads Through ‘Friendraising’

Cindy Hilsheimer, founder and managing principal of executive search firm BeecherHill, and the first two-term chair of The James Foundation Board, is all business when it comes to The James.

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Phyllis Kaldor: Leaving Hope as Her Legacy

Phyllis Kaldor brought care and comfort to the many patients she served and to the colleagues she mentored during her 35 years as an oncology nurse at The James.

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David Carbone, MD, PhD: Physician’s Exciting Lung Cancer Work Inspires Donors

In the exclusive and competitive field of experts working to treat and cure lung cancer, David Carbone, MD, PhD, stands out.

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Ken and Charlotte Mills: Planned Gift ‘Pays Forward’ to Leave a Legacy

The Ohio State University gave Ken and Charlotte Mills a stellar education and expert health care when they needed it, and now they are paying forward with a major planned gift that will continue their Ohio State legacy long into the future.

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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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Dr. Ron and Ruth Siegle: Physician and Wife Support JamesCare for Life

During his career as a skin cancer surgeon, Ron Siegle, MD, got to know a lot more about his patients than just their cancers or medical histories.

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Lord Sebastian Coe: Olympic Medalist Joins Ranks of OSUCCC – James Supporters

Lord Coe’s visit illustrates the best of what can happen when friends of the OSUCCC – James utilize their relationships to involve others in Ohio State’s efforts to defeat cancer.

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Hawk’s Locks: Providing Supportive Patient Care for Women and Children

As a Lombardi Award winner for the top college linebacker and a two-time All-American during his time at Ohio State, A.J. Hawk is well known by fans around the Buckeye state and equally admired as a current linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.

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