impactCancer Summer 2014


The work we do at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute continues to astound me. Our researchers and physicians work tirelessly to provide the best care possible and find new and improved treatments for our patients.

And we know we are not alone in these efforts. Much of our work is supported and funded by generous philanthropic donors who make their gifts in appreciation of the care that they or their loved ones have received at the OSUCCC – James. These grateful patients and their gifts are crucial to our continued success.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of them, and in this edition of impactCancer, I’m excited to share a few of their stories. You’ll read about people like Judy Hileman, who traveled from Kansas to The James to receive treatment for her cancer, and Charles Ruma, whose company Virginia Homes, uses the proceeds from a unique “Home for Hope” to benefit The James.

Whether you are grateful for The James as a patient, relative or community member, know that our researchers and physicians are just as grateful for you.

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

Cancer Program News

Large External Grants Will Bolster Research at the OSUCCC – James

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OCCPI: Pelotonia-Funded Research Already Saving Lives of At-Risk Family Members

James McDaniel’s colon cancer diagnosis came as no surprise. His father, uncle and grandfather all succumbed to the disease in their mid-40s. Age 48 at the time of his diagnosis, McDaniel says, “I’d been expecting it.”

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Maintaining Momentum: Pelotonia Idea Grants Help Discoveries Happen

In fiscal 2014, 20 Pelotonia Idea Grants have been awarded to innovative projects developed by OSUCCC – James investigators.

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Made with Love: James Stitching Sisters Sew Care and Comfort Into Each Quilt

Since The James Stitching Sisters was founded nine years ago, an army of quilters has sewn and distributed over 8,000 quilts for patients at the OSUCCC – James, each stitched together with love.

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A Home for Hope: Game-changing Diagnosis Ignites a Passion for Hope

For Charles Ruma, CEO of Virginia Homes and testicular cancer survivor, cancer was a game changer.

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Spielman Fund: Enabling Life-Changing Breast Cancer Research

The Spielman Fund has raised more than $15 million for breast cancer research at the OSUCCC – James.

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Family Matters: A Family Honors Their Patriarch’s Memory by Funding Leukemia Research

When D. Warren Brown passed away in 1997 following a brief battle with leukemia, his family knew they wanted to do something to commemorate his life and the stellar care he received from OSUCCC – James.

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Keith and Julie Brooks: Investing in The James to Make the World a Better Place

It was a childhood friendship of Julie Althoff Brooks that began the long relationship that she and her husband Keith are so committed to today.

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From a Grateful Patient

Judy Hileman: Traveling Any Distance for Research and Care

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OSUCCC – James Clinical Research Update

Groundbreaking cancer research at the OSUCCC – James translates into innovative clinical care that precisely targets the unique biologic causes of each patient’s individual cancer.

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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 vision to create a cancer-free world.

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Sweet on The James: A Dedicated Volunteer Bakes Thousands of Cookies for Construction Crew

When she married into an Italian-American family with a long tradition of excellent cooking, Sharon DeAscentis worked to hone her baking skills.

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