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

Experience, Expertise, Excitement: Meet Our Cancer Center Director, Dr. Raphael Pollock

Dr. Pollock has been treating cancer patients for 35 years as a surgeon specializing in soft tissue sarcomas while also breaking new ground as a research scientist.

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‘Floating Buckeye Nation’ Sets Sail and New Fundraising Record

When the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer returned from its 11th voyage last February, organizers at Travel Partners in Dublin and the OSUCCC – James were elated.

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'I Love The James': Get to Know Dr. William Farrar, Our Interim CEO

The past few decades have seen numerous advances in treating breast cancer thanks to pioneering physicians and leaders such as Dr. Farrar.

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Drug Developed at Ohio State Has Patient Going 180 Miles Strong

When Robert Bowen, now 68, went for a colon cancer screening in February 2013, the last thing he expected was to receive a leukemia diagnosis.

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Dr. Cohn Accepts Grant From the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

The OSUCCC – James is proud to join another great team by working with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and NCAA Women’s Basketball to fight endometrial (uterine) cancer.

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Where Flavor and Cancer Prevention Go Hand in Hand: Cutting the Ribbon on the Mobile Education Kitchen

The new Mobile Education Kitchen started its engine—and handed out tasty samples of freshly made quinoa granola—during a May 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

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Beloved Wife and Mother Inspires Philanthropy

Cindy Smullen was the type of mom who’d greet the kids after school with a snack and listening ear, the kind of wife who insisted on one last Cancun vacation the week before dying of breast cancer at age 46.

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Celebration for Life Raises 1 Million

More than 170 donors and friends gathered at Smith & Wollensky Restaurant in Easton Town Center on May 12 for the 17th annual Celebration for Life dinner to benefit The James Fund for Life.

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From Grateful Patients

March 30 was National Doctors’ Day, and many patients and families expressed gratitude for the outstanding and compassionate care they received at the OSUCCC – James.

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An Unknown Illness, an Uncertain Future, an Unbreakable Spirit: A Journey Through Young Adult Cancer

Erica Mantell was entering her senior year at Ohio State when she confronted growing discomfort.

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Top Pelotonia-Funded Areas of Impact

Ibrutinib is the first drug designed to target Bruton’s tyrosine kinase, a protein essential for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cell survival and growth.

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OSUCCC – James Leaders Extol Cancer Programs Caring Culture

OSUCCC – James leaders emphasized their commitment to continuing a culture of collaborative cancer care when addressing the audience at a May 2 community forum at the Fawcett Center.

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Single Upfront Genomic Test Improves Lynch Syndrome Detection Rates

A single upfront genomic test is more effective for detecting Lynch syndrome in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients than the traditional multiple sequential testing approach, according to new clinical data reported by the OSUCCC – James.

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Community Partners

The OSUCCC – James Community Partners Program consists of corporations, individuals and community groups that raise funds in support of our vision to create a cancer-free world.

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