impactCancer Winter 2014


Difficult problems are easier to resolve when you have help, and that is especially true when you are confronting a disease as complex as cancer.

At Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), we rely heavily on community involvement in helping us pursue our vision of a cancer-free world. Many of our efforts to translate research discoveries to innovative cancer care and prevention strategies would be impossible without the generous support of a caring community, especially in a time when government funding for cancer research is increasingly difficult to obtain.

In appreciation of the vital community backing that benefits our cause against cancer, we are featuring in this edition of impactCancer several stories about those who help us, including corporate supporters, community partners who host major fundraising events, Ohio State University board members, the James Ambassadors Society, and sponsors of Pelotonia, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises millions of dollars for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James.

We are truly grateful to everyone who steps forward to help us. By supporting our mission, you are helping create a cancer-free world.

Thanks for all you do. I hope you will find this issue of impactCancer informative and inspiring. 

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

Cancer Program News

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a five-year, $11.3 million Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant that will help a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by the OSUCCC – James improve the lives of patients with thyroid cancer.

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Kroger: Raising Awareness One Ribbon at a Time

Every day, families in central Ohio and beyond rely on Kroger for fresh, nutritious groceries.

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The McNutts: Fighting Cancer a Family Affair

Just over a year ago, Ken McNutt received a prostate cancer diagnosis on his wife Suzanne’s birthday.

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The Cugini Family: Working to Find an Answer to “What if?”

The Cugini family is doing their part to solve the “What ifs” for future generations by hosting an annual event to honor Cesidia’s memory.

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Leading by Example: OSUCCC – James Executives Give Back

Among the many donors to OSUCCC – James are some of our very own researchers, clinicians, specialists, business professionals and many members of the leadership team.

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Many Sponsors. One Goal.

It takes an enormous commitment to wage a war on cancer, as Pelotonia has done since its inception five years ago.

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The Angel Open: A Promise Fulfilled

It’s been 15 years since Keith Hamilton made a promise to his 32-year old sister Kelley to do his part in finding a cure for cancer.

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James Ambassadors Society: Moving Members to Action

It isn’t very often, Robin Holderman points out, that one has the opportunity to attend an event and simply learn about an organization’s impact without being asked to write a check.

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Polo in the Pines: Bringing Support for The James from 500 Miles Away

In 1989, Sharon Knight, a wife and mother, heard the words, “You have cancer,” for the first time.

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Brent Porteus: Cultivating a Cure

Brent Porteus is no stranger to hard work. Having grown up on a farm in Coshocton, Ohio, he was raised to help in the family’s chores.

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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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Mark Thomas: Driving FORE Cancer Research

When his aunt died from ovarian cancer in 2006, immediately his thoughts turned to what he could do to promote cancer research.

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