impactCancer Winter 2016


The beat goes on—but stronger and faster than ever—for Ohio State’s cancer program nearly a year after we opened our transformational new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

This issue of impactCancer reflects the frenetic pace of our diverse endeavors and the continuous support we receive from a generous community that is helping us pursue our shared vision of creating a cancer-free world.

Herein you’ll find stories about our world-class Radiation Oncology Department, the importance of clinical trials that are yielding new therapies and saving lives, testimonials from grateful patients who have benefited from our science-based cancer care, multimillion dollar “Outstanding Investigator” grant awards from the National Cancer Institute to two of our most distinguished researchers, a new prize that we extend to our unsung heroes of caregiving, a pair of Ohio State physicians who are “living and giving in tandem” to our cancer program, and our cover story about the Heather Pick Music Fund, which brings a well-known newscaster’s legacy full circle for helping others.

As always, I thank you for your continuing support of our cancer program and hope you will find this issue both informative and inspiring.

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

From Grateful Patients: Christie Currie – A Letter of Gratitude to Cancer

Upper Arlington native Christie Currie is now a student at Miami University but has already learned some tough life lessons in her 18 years. In the fifth grade, Christie had a small bump removed from the left side of her neck.

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Sue Zurface: ‘Queen of the Mountain’ Defies All Odds

“Queen of the Mountain” is the title given to the woman who achieves the fastest time climbing in a cycling road race competition. Accomplished cyclist Sue Zurface strives to win this title whenever she competes.

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OSUCCC – James Radiation Oncology: One of the World’s Premier Programs

The Department of Radiation Oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) is bustling with opportunity since moving to the new James late last year.

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Clinical Trials : Yielding New Therapies and Saving Lives

Some people may view clinical trials as just another form of research, but everyone at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) knows these studies are imperative for improving patient care.

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The Heather Pick Music Fund: Sharing the Healing Power of Music

Heather Pick was more than the beloved morning and noon news anchor for WBNS 10-TV whom viewers in central Ohio came to know and care about.

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Croce and Byrd Receive NCI 'Outstanding Investigator Awards'

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has issued a pair of Outstanding Investigator Awards (R35) to help two of the most prominent cancer researchers at The Ohio State University further their groundbreaking work in cancer genetics and leukemia therapy.

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The Goldberg Prize: Recognizing the Unsung Heroes of Caregiving

At The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), caregivers are an important part of the healthcare team.

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Steven and Patricia Gabbe: Living and Giving in Tandem

Steven and Patricia Temple Gabbe, both MDs, are the type of couple who lovingly hang on one another’s every word.

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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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Survivor Moms Band Together to Promote Courage, Conquer & Cure for Breast Cancer

Jodi Brown and Angie Abel were both diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, but that’s not all they have in common.

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