impactCancer Spring 2017


With the recent conclusion of But for Ohio State—the most successful fundraising campaign in Ohio State’s 146-year history—we have taken another giant step toward creating a cancer-free world.

The campaign, which began in 2009 and ended in September 2016, surpassed its goal of $2.5 billion by raising more than $3 billion from over 750,000 donors. Some $420.8 million of the monetary total was generated by our Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

That’s a huge contribution to a campaign that Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, called “historic,” noting that it will benefit our community and communities around the world for generations to come. The OSUCCC – James contribution is a tribute not only to those who spearheaded our efforts— including our superlative campaign medical director Ted Teknos, MD, and The James Foundation Board chaired by the tireless Lisa Hinson—but also to the generosity of our alumni and friends in the community who have stepped up to help us continue our important work.

Another recently completed effort designed to help us end cancer is Pelotonia 16, the eighth installment of an annual grassroots bicycle tour that draws riders and donors from around the world to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State. Pelotonia 16, held last Aug. 6-7, raised a record $24.1 million, boosting the overall total for this event to more than $130 million. Details are in this issue of impactCancer.

Also herein, you’ll find stories about: a new statewide initiative we launched in March through $3 million in Pelotonia funding that will help us take aim at lung cancer; the recent recruitment of Cheryl Taylore Lee, MD, a bladder cancer specialist who chairs the Department of Urology at Ohio State and whose work is also supported by Pelotonia dollars; profiles of grateful patients treated at the OSUCCC – James; and our 2016 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award® for patient experience.

I believe the contents of this issue signify that we’re on the right track for someday conquering cancer. I hope that you will agree.

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

The James Earns Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Experience

How pleased are most James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute inpatients with their overall hospital experience? Pleased enough that the hospital recently won a prestigious national award based on patient-satisfaction survey data.

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New Statewide Research Initiative Targets Lung Cancer

The OSUCCC – James has launched a statewide clinical research initiative that takes aim at lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer among men and women in the United States.

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Pelotonia 16 Raises Over $24 Million for Cancer Research at Ohio State

A Nov. 9 celebration of Pelotonia 16—the eighth installment of an annual grassroots bicycle tour that raises money for cancer research at Ohio State—was a festive affair featuring food, drink, live musical entertainment and the announcement of a check for yet another record fundraising total.

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But for Ohio State Shatters Fundraising Records, Ignites Unprecedented Progress for OSUCCC – James

Last fall, The Ohio State University celebrated the conclusion of its record-breaking But for Ohio State campaign, which had raised more than $3 billion from some 750,000 donors since the campaign’s start in 2009.

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OSUCCC – James Making ‘Ever-Bigger Footprint’ in Cancer Care

Ohio State’s cancer program is placing “an ever-bigger footprint around the globe” as it continues to make an impact in research, compassionate care and community relationships, OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, said during his 2016 “State of the Cancer Program Address.”

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Ohio State Taps Renowned Researcher to Lead Department of Urology

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) welcomes Cheryl Taylore Lee, MD, as chair of the Department of Urology.

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Dan Smith: The Man Who Refused to Run Out of Options

I’m only 72. I still have important things to do. That was how Dan Smith felt in August 2014 when he learned he had skin cancer that had turned into non-resectable head and neck cancer—cancer that cannot be surgically removed.

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Spreading the Word: James Ambassadors Society Hosts Reception in New York City

On Nov. 16 in New York City, approximately 40 people gathered to attend a regional reception of The James Ambassadors Society and learn more about research-based patient care taking place at the OSUCCC – James.

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Doug Alsdorf: Funding Research for a Cure

While no husband or son should have to experience the loss of a wife or mother, Doug Alsdorf and his son Garrett are committed to ensuring that no one else has to experience the tragedy they endured.

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Meeting the Unique Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

“You don’t expect to get cancer at age 20,” says Maryam Lustberg, MD, medical director of the survivorship program at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

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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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From Grateful Patients

Patients and families often express gratitude for the outstanding and compassionate care they receive at the OSUCCC – James. In these letters recently sent to OSUCCC – James leadership, our patients share about their exceptional care.

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