2011 Pelotonia Investment Report

We all want to live in a cancer-free world, but no one ever said getting there would be easy.

Conquering cancer will require better treatments and prevention strategies based on sound scientific research, and research requires money. Lots of it.

In these difficult economic times, when government funding for cancer research is harder to come by, we have to find other ways to support our dream.

Each summer, thousands of people – some of whom haven’t ridden a bicycle for decades – take to the roads with one goal: to end cancer. Pelotonia, an annual grassroots cycling tour between Columbus and Athens, Ohio, has attracted riders from throughout Ohio and across the nation. In its first two years, Pelotonia raised a combined $12.3 million, every cent of which supports cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

Everyone associated with Pelotonia is investing in a cancer-free world, and I want to share with you the impact that thousands of cyclists and tens of thousands of donors are having on cancer research. Arthur G. James, MD, for whom our hospital is named, once said he didn’t know how long it would take to realize the dream of a world without cancer, but he was sure the day is coming. Efforts like Pelotonia are bringing it closer.

On behalf of the entire OSUCCC – James family, I wish to thank all of the riders, donors and volunteers who make possible the work we do every day. See you on next year’s ride!

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD
Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

Investing in the Next Generation

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program opens the door to funding for the next generation at all levels of student scholarship: undergraduate, graduate, medical school and postdoctoral fellows.

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Creating a Cancer-Free World

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program is already making strides toward a cancer-free world.

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Stimulating New Ideas and Approaches

Asking questions that lead to brilliant ideas is at the root of scientific discovery.

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Developing New Hope

Developing and testing new therapeutic agents is costly and time-consuming, but these experimental agents offer the most promise for preventing, treating and ultimately curing cancer.

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Bringing the Best to Ohio State

Funds raised by the Pelotonia rides have been committed to continuing to recruit some of the brightest minds in cancer, bringing and keeping world-class expertise at Ohio State.

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