This year, Anna Maria Bittoni will ride in Pelotonia for the second time, completing the 100-mile journey from Columbus to Gambier to support cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center &ndash; James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC &ndash; James). As a member of Team Buckeye, Ohio State&rsquo;s superpeloton (riding group), Bittoni was given an opportunity to participate in the &ldquo;I Ride For You&rdquo; program, which matches Team Buckeye student riders with patients of the OSUCCC &ndash; James. Through this program, students can meet their patient match and learn firsthand how cancer has affected his or her life while gaining a better understanding of the importance of cancer research. For Pelotonia 14, Bittoni was matched with Nancy Wasen, a survivor of stage 4 head and neck cancer. &ldquo;Our relationship began a couple months ago when Nancy called me and left a rather teary voicemail telling how excited she was to be matched up with a Pelotonia rider,&rdquo; Bittoni says. The importance of cancer research became apparent to Bittoni and Wasen when Wasen was accepted into a clinical trial involving black raspberries at the OSUCCC &ndash; James, the same trial Bittoni had been involved in as a research assistant. &ldquo;Nancy made it her goal to raise at least $1,000 for my ride to help support cancer research,&rdquo; Bittoni said. &ldquo;She immediately sent requests to her friends, and the donations started coming in!&rdquo; Bittoni and Wasen became Facebook friends and exchanged phone numbers so they could keep in touch. In early July, they met in Ashland, Ohio, where Wasen resides. &ldquo;Nancy shared with me her amazing journey through cancer treatment and survivorship,&rdquo; Bittoni says. &ldquo;We both feel so excited and fortunate to have been matched up together.&rdquo; Wasen and her friends plan to meet Bittoni at the 100-mile finish line in Gambier to celebrate as she crosses it. &ldquo;This by far has been the most meaningful relationship that I have had from participating in the &lsquo;I Ride For You&rsquo; program,&rdquo; Bittoni says. &ldquo;Nancy has added new meaning to why I ride Pelotonia.&rdquo; &nbsp; Learn more about the Team Buckeye &ldquo;I Ride for You&rdquo; program or ride, donate or volunteer for Pelotonia to make your mark on cancer research.