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. From corporate initiatives to local events, our more than 400 Community Partners bring in significant dollars to further research, education and patient care. To learn more, please contact The James Development Office at 614-293-2120,, or visit

Raise a Racket (More Than $40,000 Raised)

Benefiting the Diane Crawford Fund for Cervical Cancer Research, Education and Outreach ($10,000) and creating The Crawford Family Research Endowment Fund to End Cervical Cancer ($30,000)

Tennis balls whirled through the air on Jan. 20 at the sixth annual Raise a Racket, where more than 60 supporters of The Crawford Crew Foundation played tennis with the pros. The tennis pros hosted clinics before playing single and double matches for the spectators. Attendees then joined more than 400 additional guests at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center for an evening of food from local restaurants, live music, a silent auction and raffles.

Burgundy Ball (More Than $125,000 Raised)

Benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund

Myeloma Crowd held its inaugural Burgundy Ball – Mission for a Cure in Myeloma, honoring Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research and Education (MMORE). The Feb. 3 event, emceed by Jackie Comisar, welcomed nearly 300 guests to L Brands, where they enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and fundraising to support the OSUCCC – James’ myeloma research projects and the Crowdcare Foundation’s Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative. The gala included remarks from Myeloma Crowd founder Jenny Ahlstrom, patient David Schroeder and OSUCCC – James myeloma physicians Don Benson, MD, PhD, and Yvonne Efebera, MD. A Beacon Award was presented to MMORE founder Nancy Kaufmann.

Head for the Cure 5K (More Than $24,000 Raised)

Benefiting the Neuro-Oncology Novel Therapies and Research Fund and the Head for the Cure Foundation

The Head for the Cure 5K made its central Ohio debut at Genoa Park on April 15. The race—a celebration of hope for brain cancer patients, survivors and their families and friends—was a partnership with the Head for the Cure Foundation, based in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 300 participants rallied with teams in matching T-shirts. Vinay Puduvalli, MD, director of the Division of Neuro-Oncology at Ohio State, spoke about the importance of raising awareness and funds for brain cancer research.

Nominated by their loved ones, three individuals who are brain cancer survivors were honored at a Keeping the Faith ceremony. This special part of the event brought meaning to why the Head for the Cure 5K is so important: keeping the faith and continuing to fight! The race plans to return to Columbus in spring 2019.

Angel Open (More Than $50,000 Raised)

Benefiting colon cancer prevention initiatives ($25,000) and brain cancer research ($25,000)

The 18th annual Angel Open Golf Outing was held at Oakhaven Golf Club on June 8. The sold-out tournament, with both a morning and afternoon field of golfers, celebrated a major milestone this year—raising more than half a million dollars since the tournament began in 2001.

The 2018 proceeds will benefit colon cancer prevention initiatives led by Darrell Gray, MD, MPH, and brain cancer research conducted by Vinay Puduvalli, MD. Gray and Puduvalli addressed attendees between golf rounds, thanking them for their support and sharing more about the projects that donors are funding through their involvement in the Angel Open.

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