impactCancer Summer 2018
There’s something new in the community that we encourage everyone to watch for.
It’s called The James Mobile Education Kitchen, a vividly colorful kitchen that wheels around the region with information about nutritional health and wellness, including foods that reduce cancer risk.
This venerable vehicle is also a rolling monument to the power of philanthropy. Its purchase was enabled by a $500,000 gift from Celebration for Life, an annual dinner event founded by Judy and Steve Tuckerman to benefit The James Fund for Life, which was established in 2002 by Abigail and Les Wexner to raise money for technologies and equipment that enhance cancer research and patient care at Ohio State.
The Mobile Education Kitchen is our cover story in this issue of impactCancer, but it’s not the only story herein with a focus on philanthropy. Another spotlights the Smullen family of Worthington—a father and three children who established the Smullen Family Fund for Breast Cancer Research. This fund has generated more than $50,000 through fundraisers the family holds each year in honor of Cindy Smullen, a wife and mother whose spirit and generosity live on in the husband and children she left behind after a nearly 10-year battle with breast cancer.
In addition, this issue will help you get to know the two of us a little better through a pair of personal profiles and from coverage of a “Meet the Cancer Program Leaders” forum on May 2 that also featured Peter Shields, MD, deputy director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and David Cohn, MD, chief medical officer at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Each of us spoke at the forum about exciting projects ahead that will need community support. A story in the digital version of impactCancer contains a link for viewing the full forum.
Many other intriguing stories appear in this issue. We hope you will enjoy them all.
Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD
Director, The Ohio State University
Comprehensive Cancer Center
William Farrar, MD
Interim CEO, James Cancer Hospital
and Solove Research Institute