Pelotonia 2012

PELOTONIA 12 TOTAL TOPS $16 MILLION
 
Riders and donors in Pelotonia 12, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that generates money for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, raised a record $16,871,403, a 28-percent increase over the Pelotonia 11 total of $13.1 million.
 
Pelotonia staff presented a check to OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, on Nov. 15 at the LC Pavilion in Columbus. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee also attended and spoke at the ceremony.
This year’s tally brings the four-year fundraising total for Pelotonia, which began in 2009, to more than $42 million. Pelotonia 12, which took place Aug. 10-12 on routes between Columbus and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, drew a record 6,212 riders from 43 states and three countries, as well as 3,141 virtual riders and more than 2,000 volunteers. Measured by riders,
Pelotonia this year became the largest single-event biking fundraiser in the nation.
 
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OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD (left), raises a fist in triumph while displaying a check for more than $16.87 million raised by riders and donors in Pelotonia 12. At right is Pelotonia CEO Tom Lennox.
 
Among the participants were a record 1,635 members of Team Buckeye, the official superpeloton (riding group) for The Ohio State University – a team that included 1,198 riders, 336 virtual riders and 101 volunteers. Team Buckeye comprised 84 pelotons, whose members collectively raised more than $2.1 million of the Pelotonia 12 total.
“Everyone associated with Pelotonia should be proud of what we are accomplishing,” Caligiuri says. “At a time when government funding for cancer research is hard to obtain, we have stepped forward to raise money ourselves. And not just a little money: more than $42 million in four years is the kind of financial firepower that enables us to confidently proclaim that we will one day conquer this disease in its many forms.”
 
“To donate $16.9 million in 2012 and more than $42 million in just four years expresses the relentless spirit of the Pelotonia community to end cancer,” adds Pelotonia CEO Tom Lennox. “We recognize our responsibility to drive progress, and we accept the challenge of attracting friends to our movement. We are incredibly grateful for the commitment of our riders, volunteers, funding partners and everyone who donated or supported this year’s ride.”
 
Thanks to its generous sponsors – Huntington Bank, Limited Brands Foundation, Richard and Peggy Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health Foundation, JP Morgan Chase and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company – Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to the OSUCCC – James for cancer research. The money  supports a variety of projects addressing many aspects of cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues and prevention. Projects funded by Pelotonia include a fellowship program for student researchers; “idea” grants for teams of faculty researchers; sophisticated equipment to aid researchers in their work; and recruitment/retention of top cancer researchers and programs.
 
Pelotonia 13 is scheduled for Aug. 9-11, 2013. Rider registration will open on Jan. 8 at www.pelotonia.org.

 
PELOTONIA 12 FUNDRAISING TOTAL COULD TOP $15 MILLION
Fundraising will continue through Oct. 12 for Pelotonia 12, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that generates money for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, but projections indicate that this year’s event could raise more than $15 million, surpassing the Pelotonia 11 total of $13.1 million.
 
If that happens, the four-year fundraising total for Pelotonia, which began in 2009, would likely exceed $40 million. The inaugural event raised $4.5 million, and Pelotonia 10 raised $7.8 million.

Review the final fundraising results here.
 
Pelotonia 12, which took place Aug. 10-12 on assorted routes between Columbus and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, drew a record 6,212 riders, as well as 3,141 virtual riders and more than 2,000 volunteers.
 
Among the participants were a record 1,633 members of Team Buckeye, the official superpeloton for The Ohio State University – a team that included 1,198 riders, 336 virtual riders and 99 volunteers. Team Buckeye comprised 84 separate pelotons, whose members to date have collectively raised more than $1.83 million of the Pelotonia 12 total – the third-highest total among the event’s three superpelotons. The top two superpeloton fundraisers so far are Limited Brands ($2.51 million) and Team Huntington ($2.12 million).
 
“Simply stated, the Buckeye nation has once again demonstrated the strong ties that unite our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans in our shared vision of living in a cancer-free world,” says OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD. “Our teamwork has fortified an event that in its first four years may raise more than $40 million to support research leading to discoveries that improve patient care. We should all be proud of this amazing accomplishment.”
Pelotonia 12 opened with a Friday afternoon/evening ceremony at Columbus Commons in the heart of downtown. The ceremony included food, live entertainment and remarks by Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, Kenyon College President Georgia Newton, Pelotonia Executive Director Tom Lennox, Caligiuri and Steven G. Gabbe, MD, CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. 
 
The guest speaker was Woody Roseland, who was born in Colorado in 1990 and diagnosed at age 16 with a rare bone cancer that would recur four times, each with a new set of challenges. In June 2011, doctors found a four-inch tumor in his left calf and decided to amputate his leg. During his time in the hospital, whether for surgery or chemotherapy, Roseland made friends with many other young patients undergoing treatment for cancer, including an 8-year-old named Jack who would lose his battle with the disease.
 
Roseland, who rode in Pelotonia 12, reminded the audience that cancer doesn’t affect a specific demographic. “It’s a vicious, terrible, unbiased disease that can affect anyone,” he said, adding that fighting cancer involves no retreats or compromises. “It’s about one person and a battle to the death.
 
“Because I beat cancer, people tell me I’m so strong, but that implies that those who don’t beat it aren’t so strong, and that’s not true,” Roseland said. “Jack fought just as hard as I did, but for some arbitrary reason my body responded to the chemotherapy better than his did. I wasn’t better or stronger than he was; I was luckier.”
He spoke of later seeing a directional signpost with the words “You are here” that have stayed with him. “I was here, but where was Jack?” he said, noting that the sign made him angry, tearful and determined. “Never forget that ‘You are here.’ Whenever you have a chance to help others, do it and make the most of it. You’ll really be helping yourself as well.”
Caligiuri invited everyone associated with Pelotonia to “give yourselves a round of applause.”
 
“I’m so touched, so humbled by what you’re doing for this cause,” he said. “And we’ll continue to ride until this disease is behind us – until we all live in a cancer-free world.”
 
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