impactCancer Winter 2018

The incredible support that Ohio State’s cancer program receives from our community and far beyond is never more apparent than at the annual check celebration for Pelotonia, our grassroots bicycle tour that raises millions of dollars for research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

At the Nov. 16 check celebration for Pelotonia 17, we learned that riders, virtual riders and donors raised a record $26.2 million, boosting Pelotonia’s nine-year total to $157 million—every dollar of which directly benefits cancer research, thanks to the event’s major funding partners. Donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funding total for Pelotonia 17, which drew 8,022 riders and more than 3,000 volunteers.

This issue of impactCancer contains both a Pelotonia 17 recap and a story about four pieces of sophisticated scientific equipment purchased with Pelotonia dollars to help our researchers conduct cutting-edge cancer research. Pelotonia will observe its 10th anniversary in 2018; we extend our deepest gratitude to all who have contributed over the years to this amazingly successful endeavor.

Also herein you’ll find stories about a pair of generous donors who have stepped forward in a big way to benefit our cause against cancer, along with a profile of a grateful patient who participated in a clinical trial at the OSUCCC – James and is cancer-free despite once thinking he had less than a year to live following a metastatic cancer diagnosis.

We hope that in perusing this issue you will feel the excitement being generated by the combined efforts of our cancer program and the community as we work together to create a cancer-free world.

Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD
Director, The Ohio State University
Comprehensive Cancer Center

William Farrar, MD
Interim CEO, James Cancer Hospital
and Solove Research Institute

Alum’s Generosity Will Benefit Cancer Researchers and Patients for Years to Come

When alumnus Paul Bigley discovered an opportunity at Ohio State to support two of his passions—engineering and cancer research—he didn’t hesitate to give back to the place that has meant so much to him over his lifetime.

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Leadership Announcement

Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD, has been named director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC), and William Farrar, MD, has been named interim CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

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2017 Pelotonia Sets Fundraising Record

Pelotonia started in 2009 as a bold, seemingly crazy idea. Today, you can’t leave your house without seeing one of Pelotonia’s signature green arrows and “One Goal” tag lines on yard signs, arrow magnets and T-shirts.

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Instruments of Discovery

Conducting cutting-edge cancer research is complex and requires sophisticated equipment for ready use by the talented researchers who strive to turn laboratory discoveries into treatments.

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Sally Millett Honors Son With Gift to Head and Neck Cancer Research

When a rare form of cancer took Sally Millett’s son, Doug, at the age of 49, she wanted to do something special to honor his life.

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Ramaswamy and Lustberg Named on Forbes’ ‘Physician Honor Roll’

Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, MD, and Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH, associate professors in the Division of Medical Oncology at Ohio State, are among 27 breast oncologists across the nation being recognized by Forbes as exemplary physicians in the field of oncology.

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From a Grateful Patient

Terry Keegan writes many names on the back of his jersey when he rides in Pelotonia, including Kami Atiyeh, Tiffany Elsea and Amanda Hettinga.

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Are There Cancer Clues in Your Family Tree?

Seeking out your family’s cancer history can let you know if some extra steps—like genetic testing and/or earlier or more frequent cancer screening—may lead to lifesaving intervention.

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A Legacy of Caring and “Awearness” That Survives

In the nearly five years between her ovarian cancer diagnosis and her passing in June 2014, Patricia DiNunzio spent an immense amount of time at Ohio State’s JamesCare Gynecologic Oncology office at Mill Run.

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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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Research Turning the Tide in the Effort to End Cervical Cancer

About 13,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018, and a little more than 4,000 will die of this disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

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