I find it amazing that Pelotonia, our annual grassroots bicycle tour to raise money for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, will turn 6 years old in August. Even more remarkable is the incredible response the community shows at each event, the growing number of riders and volunteers, and the people along the road cheering the riders on.
Also telling is the extraordinary support reflected in the money the ride generates. We originally hoped to raise $39 million within our first five years. Then the community responded, and we surpassed that goal in four years, raising more than $42 million. As of last year, Pelotonia has raised more than $61 million.
That is an extraordinary sum that supports work that is leading to new discoveries, new treatments, new ways to diagnose and prevent cancer, and new strategies for improving quality of life.
These advances are coming from talented people at the OSUCCC – James who live right here in Ohio. They could be neighbors, friends and fellow Pelotonia participants. Pelotonia funds also help us recruit new talent and expertise to build on these incredible minds and to advance research at our cancer center.
Pelotonia 14 will happen Aug. 8-10, and it will be especially memorable. It precedes an important phase in the history of Ohio State’s cancer program. In September we will receive the keys to the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which will open to the public in December. The new hospital has many design innovations that more closely unite our triple mission of research, patient care and education.
Please join me this August as a rider, a virtual rider or a volunteer in Pelotonia. And when you come to Columbus, watch for our stately, stunning and solid new 21st century cancer hospital. When you do, know that Pelotonia helps support the expertise and research that that building represents. Working together, we can move closer to our ultimate goal of a cancer-free world.
By Michael A. Caligiuri, MD
Director, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
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