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. From corporate initiatives to local events, our more than 400 Community Partners bring in significant dollars to further research, education and patient care at the OSUCCC – James. To learn more, please contact The James Development Office at 614-293-4927, email@example.com, or visit go.osu.edu/JamesCommunityPartners.
Jug Run – Ride for a Cure Poker Run
The 3rd annual Jug Run – Ride for a Cure Poker Run was held in Adena, Ohio, on Saturday, June 13, at the American Legion Post. The event was created in honor and memory of Frank “Jug” Sawko. He battled five years of multiple myeloma, a rare bone marrow cancer, and was treated at the OSUCCC – James. His family and friends wanted to do something to heighten awareness and raise funds while honoring Jug’s love of Harley Davidson motorcycles, so they created the Jug Run. A great time was had by all who attended the event with an amazing turnout of family, friends, supporters and bikers. The day included the poker run, dinner, silent auction, raffle ticket sales and T-shirt sales. This year’s event raised over $10,000 to benefit the Cancer Strategic Support Fund at the OSUCCC – James. To date, the Jug Run-Ride for a Cure Poker Run has raised over $23,000 for the OSUCCC – James.
Anne’s Army 5K
Another 5K is in the books for Anne’s Army! On June 20, runners and walkers gathered in Wooster, Ohio, to participate in the 5th annual 5K. The event supports the Anne M. Wolf Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. Despite the rain, runners and walkers gathered at the starting line to show their support. This year, the event raised $23,000. Since the inaugural event in 2011, the Anne M. Wolf Foundation has donated over $150,000 to the OSUCCC – James for triple-negative breast cancer. To learn more about this event, visit www.annesarmy.org.
Fight Like Jenn Memorial Celebration
On Saturday, Aug. 1, family and friends laced up their bowling shoes to strike out cervical cancer at the 2nd annual Fight Like Jenn Memorial Celebration to honor Jenn Fulton. Jenn was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died just weeks later at the age of 30. She loved to bowl and was heavily involved in bowling leagues, helped run brackets in tournaments, and met some of her best friends through bowling. So it was decided to create a bowling event in her memory. The goal of Fight Like Jenn is to spread awareness of cervical cancer and to raise funds while having fun. The family-friendly event included a bowling tournament with brackets and jackpots, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, gift card raffles, 50/50 drawings, silent auction items, karaoke and more. This year, Fight Like Jenn raised $8,000 to benefit Gynecologic Oncology Cervical Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. For more information, please visit www.fightlikejennfulton.com.
FORE Cancer Research Golf Outing
The 9th Annual FORE Cancer Research Golf Outing raised over $100,000 to support cancer research initiatives directed by Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The event was held on Monday, Aug. 3, at The Lakes Golf & Country Club in Westerville, Ohio. Each year the group funds a specific cancer project. In nine years it has funded projects for skin cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, sarcoma and, this year, gynecologic oncology. Mark Thomas, tournament chairman, created the event in memory of his aunt who died of ovarian cancer in 2006. To date, the event has raised more than $1 million for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. For more information, please visit www.forecancerresearch.org.http://www.forecancerresearch.org/.