COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), announced today (Nov. 9, 2016) that riders, virtual riders and volunteers raised a record-breaking $24,104,432 through the 2016 ride, bringing the organization’s eight year total to $130,159,438.
Donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funds raised by the 275 pelotons. And specifically in Columbus on Aug. 6-7, 2016, 7,749 riders and 2,790 volunteers from 40 states and eight countries participated in six routes that ranged from 25 to 180 miles.
“In order to make progress is cancer research and, therefore, treatment at the bedside we must have a way to fund the big, bold ideas — and do it now, not five years from now. That life-changing research is taking place at the OSUCCC – James thanks to the significant contributions from the Pelotonia community,” said Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of the OSUCCC and CEO of The James. “We are so thankful for the riders, virtual riders, volunteers, donors and corporate partners for their support and commitment to achieving our vision of a cancer-free world.”
“The support from the Pelotonia community continues to inspire us as the movement grows each year,” said Doug Ulman. “We are deeply grateful for the generosity of each and every partner and participant, whose contributions are paramount to the success of Pelotonia 16. The collective efforts of the Pelotonia community are moving us closer to our goal to end cancer.”
During the 2016 check presentation, Caligiuri announced that $3 million of Pelotonia funding has been awarded to support a new statewide lung cancer clinical research initiative called “Beating Lung Cancer – in Ohio” (BLC-IO). The initiative will draw upon an existing network of more than 50 partner hospitals from communities across the state of Ohio built as part of the Ohio Colon Cancer Prevention Initiative (OCCPI), the first statewide cancer research initiative undertaken by the OSUCCC – James with Pelotonia funding.
Pelotonia donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the OSUCCC – James. These donations are used to support cancer research in several ways:
- Idea Grants, which investigate new and innovative basic, clinical, translational and population-based science and clinical trials;
- Fellowships, which provide for undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students to acquire state-of-the-art equipment and technologies;
- Funding research of the best and brightest physician scientists who are coming to Columbus, Ohio to further their passion for treating patients and pursuing scientific solutions.
Since its inception, Pelotonia has funded and awarded 89 Idea Grants and 399 Fellowships as well as support for 63 senior scientists.
To date, 89 OSUCCC – James research teams have received Pelotonia Idea Grants, which provide funding support for two years. Awardees are selected through a peer-review process conducted by both internal and external scientists not competing for grants in the current funding year. This represents the work of more than 175 investigators across 12 colleges plus Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In addition, funding has been awarded for 399 undergraduate, medical student, graduate and postdoctoral research fellowships.
Pelotonia’s operational costs are paid for by major funding partners including Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation and Nationwide. Other notable partners include the Harold C. Schott Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation.
The 2017 Pelotonia ride is scheduled for Aug. 4-6, 2017. Rider registration will open on Feb. 8, 2017, at pelotonia.org.
Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. As a centerpiece of its year-round fundraising efforts, Pelotonia hosts a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. In its first eight years, Pelotonia has raised over $130 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide, Cardinal Health Foundation, and Harold C. Schott Foundation, Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised by its participants to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
About the OSUCCC – James
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anti-cancer drugs. As the cancer program’s 308-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. At 21 floors with more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care.