impactCancer Spring 2016


It’s easy to feel helpless when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but we don’t have that problem within Ohio State’s cancer program.

Continuing growth and advancement—thanks in large part to the continuous support we receive from a caring community—have bolstered our capacity for changing the landscape of cancer care and research in Ohio and beyond.

And that’s a good thing, because our cancer program faces the challenge of being centered in a state whose population of 11.6 million people is on average poorer, less educated, and less racially and ethnically diverse than the rest of the United States. Statistics show that Ohioans, especially in the Appalachian region, also smoke more, have more incidences of human papillomavirus (HPV) and experience higher rates of lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer than much of the rest of the nation. Our responsibility is to change that landscape.

With the help of substantial outside funding resources and incredible philanthropic support from the community, we are doing just that through a formula for success that involves targeted investment in transdisciplinary research, scientific collaboration, committed researchers and medical professionals, and multidisciplinary patient care.

This formula is reflected in stories within this issue that touch on: the importance of a multimillion dollar support grant that we will once again receive from the National Cancer Institute through our redesignation as a comprehensive cancer center; the recent presentation of a check for $23,659,675 from Pelotonia, our annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises money for cancer research at Ohio State; other private research gifts we have received; and the invaluable contributions of our venerable volunteers.

Thanks again for the important role that you play in our formula for success as we continue our journey together toward a cancer-free world.

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

From a Grateful Patient: A Mother’s Legacy Will Live On

Sarah Leopold remembers feeling anxious before her mother’s appointment with Hope’s Boutique, a full-service retail shop catering to women with cancer at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

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Still Exceptional: Ohio State's Cancer Program Earns NCI Top Rating & CCC Redesignation

The James received a multimillion dollar support grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) after earning the NCI’s highest rating, “exceptional,” as well as a perfect 10 numeric score.

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Alec Wightman’s Longevity of Leadership: Making Connections to Strengthen the OSUCCC – James

Alec Wightman, partner at BakerHostetler, was a young attorney in the late 1980s when the Ohio Cancer Foundation led by Arthur G. James, MD, called seeking representation on its foundation board.

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Pelotonia 15 Brings 7-Year Total to More Than $100M: Musician Sheryl Crow Joins in on the Celebration

Sheryl Crow, the star of the Pelotonia 15 Check Celebration, was caught up in the adrenaline rush as thousands of people came together to celebrate raising $23.7 million in 2015 and $106.1 million since 2009.

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Bob Poe: Finding a Cure for Small-Cell Carcinoma

When Bob Poe, of Lebanon, Ohio, talks about his wife, his face lights up. The love of his life and wife of 19 years could only be described as “my special person.”

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Sherry Buchsteiner: Stepping Up in the Sarcoma Fight

After noticing a lump in her arm and occasional numbness in two of her fingers, an MRI revealed that Sherry had sarcoma in her arm. Initially, Sherry was reluctant to receive treatment and care so far from home, but she is glad she stepped out of her comfort zone and encourages others to do so as well.

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Creating a Legacy to Others With CLL: The Filbert’s Story

Dave Filbert and his wife, Sandy, were surprised when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 1999. Dave’s mother and maternal grandmother both had CLL, so Dave knew CLL could one day affect him.

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Don and Angie Ward: Motivating Others to Join the Fight

Don and his wife Angie Ward have been supporting the OSUCCC – James for more than 10 years, but in November 2015, they decided to take a new approach in honor of Giving Tuesday.

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Enveloping Chemotherapy Patients in a Blanket of Care

It’s well known that the nursing staff at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) cares deeply about their oncology patients.

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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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