impactCancer Winter 2019

Welcome to our freshly updated impactCancer. Starting with this winter 2019 issue, you’ll find more visual storytelling and features than before, but all are delivered in the same spirit of celebrating the remarkable generosity, hard work and dedication of our donors and friends.

In this issue you’ll learn about some of the incredible cancer research made possible by philanthropy. We’ll also introduce you to incoming James Foundation Board chair Rich Porter, whose passion for supporting the OSUCCC – James vision of creating a cancer-free world was ignited by his participation in the inaugural Pelotonia in 2009. Additionally, this issue highlights philanthropic champions who make our work possible through community partner and fundraising events.

We hope you will enjoy reading the newest impactCancer and that you will share our excitement over the good things in store for our cancer program in 2019 as we continue working to assist all who turn to us for help and hope. Thank you for your continued support.

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

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

Region's First Proton Therapy Facility to Treat Cancer Patients

The OSUCCC – James and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are collaborating with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to bring the first proton therapy treatment facility to central Ohio.

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Lapalombella Appointed as Pelotonia Fellowship Program Director

Rosa Lapalombella, PhD, has been named as the new director of the Pelotonia Fellowship Program (PFP), which provides funding that enables Ohio State students in any discipline and at all levels of scholarship to conduct cancer research in the labs of faculty mentors.

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James Sickle Cell Program Gains Nation’s Only Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification

The Sickle Cell Program at the OSUCCC – James recently received the nation’s only disease-specific certification for sickle cell from The Joint Commission following a two-day on-site survey that yielded no findings.

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Pitching Philanthropic Giving at the OSUCCC – James: Dr. David Cohn

David Cohn, MD, chief medical officer at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, is an avid cyclist and athlete. It’s apt, then, that he uses a sports analogy to explain his new leadership position as medical director of philanthropy at the OSUCCC – James.

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A Generous Donor Makes the Difference

Ever committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, the OSUCCC – James recently opened a new Onco-Palliative Clinic, a first-of-its-kind pilot study that is already transforming the way lung cancer patients’ symptoms are managed.

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Pelotonia Ends First Decade With Record-Breaking Ride

Doug Ulman got a bit emotional as he surveyed the crowd gathered around him at the recent Pelotonia Check Celebration.

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Improved Survival: Lung Cancer Prevention and Treatment Efforts at The James

As lung cancer continues to claim tens of thousands of lives each year, our researchers remain focused on treatment innovation and prevention efforts that can improve outcomes for today’s patients while reducing cases in the future.

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Stover Lab Liftoff: Year One of a Cancer Research Lab at the OSUCCC – James

Experts at the OSUCCC – James are teaming up to take on cancer through dedicated groups focused on core components of care and research.

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The Joan Bisesi Fund for Head and Neck Cancer Research

Mira Bisesi is the spitting image of her mother—from her beautiful smile to her down-to-earth personality. Sadly, the 17-year-old shared only 10 weeks with her mother, Joan Bisesi, who passed away from a recurrence of head and neck cancer in 2001.

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A Conversation With James Rocco, MD, PhD

Dr. James Rocco never had the opportunity to meet Joan Bisesi, but he thinks about her a lot.

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Ready to Lead the Philanthropic Fight Against Cancer: Incoming James Foundation Board Chair Rich Porter

To say that incoming James Foundation Board chair Rich Porter is accomplished is an understatement.

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Event Recaps

More than 155 donors and friends gathered at The Ohio State University Golf Club on Aug. 13 for the 13th Annual Value City Furniture Swing Classic.

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Community Partners

Community Partners are passionate individuals, groups and corporations who share our vision of creating a cancer-free world. More than 400 Community Partners are raising critical funds to further research, education and patient care at the OSUCCC – James.

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