COLUMBUS, OH – Nov. 16, 2017 – Pelotonia riders, virtual riders and volunteers raised a record-breaking $26.2 million this year to benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). This brings the organization’s nine-year total funds raised to more than $156 million. Donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funds raised by the 282 pelotons.
“The Pelotonia movement is proof that true social impact depends on a community of people working together,” said Doug Ulman, Pelotonia president and CEO. “This year, our community rallied for our cause in an unprecedented fashion – breaking both fundraising and participation records and living up to their name as the Greatest Team Ever. Their efforts are saving lives, and we owe them an abundance of gratitude.”
“Thanks to the dedication of our Pelotonia community, we are able to pursue innovative and meaningful cancer research initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of patients right here in our community,” said Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of the OSUCCC and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. “This includes three statewide research initiatives for colon, lung and endometrial cancer involving dozens of community partner hospitals across the state working together on research advancing us toward our vision of a cancer-free world.”
Thanks to Pelotonia’s major funding partners, Pelotonia is able to donate 100 percent of every dollar raised by Riders, Virtual Riders and Volunteers directly to the OSUCCC – James. Pelotonia dollars support six major areas at the OSUCCC – James, including:
- Intramural Research Program: This program funds Idea Grants, clinical trials and other initiatives proposed by teams of faculty researchers who need to gather early data for promising projects that may lead to larger external grants later. For example, 108 Idea Grants have been funded to date for OSUCCC – James research teams with transformational ideas. These awardees are selected through a peer-review process conducted by both internal and external scientists not competing for grants in the current funding year.
- Fellowship Program: Funding has been awarded to 436 undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral student fellowships at The Ohio State University through an annual allocation of $2 million in Pelotonia revenue.
- New Recruit Research Support: Funds raised by Pelotonia have helped invest in the labs of newly recruited junior and senior investigators so they can continue their research upon arrival at Ohio State. A total of 106 researchers have been recipients of Pelotonia support to further their crucial work.
- Instruments of Discovery: Pelotonia funds are allocated to help purchase state-of-the-art equipment needed for cutting-edge cancer research.
- Statewide Initiatives: Pelotonia is funding three statewide clinical research studies focused on colorectal, lung and endometrial cancers. These studies are conducted in partnership with hospitals across the state of Ohio.
- Strategic Research Investments: Pelotonia funds support such initiatives as a Drug Development Institute, Digital Pathology and a Total Cancer Care® protocol at the OSUCCC – James.
On August 5-6, 2017, 8,022 riders and 3,042 volunteers from more than 40 states and 10 countries participated in six routes that ranged from 25 to 180 miles, starting in Columbus and New Albany and finishing at one of three destinations: Pickerington, New Albany and Gambier. In 2018, Pelotonia will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and the ride weekend is scheduled for August 3-5. Information is available at pelotonia.org.
About Pelotonia Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund lifesaving 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 nine years, Pelotonia has raised over $156 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners—Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Nationwide, Cardinal Health and Kenyon College. Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised by its participants to cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. For more information, visit pelotonia.org.
About the OSUCCC – James The OSUCCC – James 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 (NCI)- designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only a few centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. 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 and 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. For more information, visit cancer.osu.edu.