Julia Cancro '12 | Jul. 25, 2013 | Pelotonia
One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
But as vexing as the challenge of cancer is, here's a bigger problem: Government funding for cancer research has not increased in recent years.
Pelotonia is an organization dedicated to overcoming that challenge.
Pelotonia, a a grassroots bike tour of the greater Columbus area, serves as a fundraiser for cancer research. Since Pelotonia's inception five years ago, over 11,100 riders have participated and participation is growing, with over 6,400 riders registered this year.
The past 4 rides have raised over $42 million, and over $7 million has been raised for the upcoming ride in August. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
This is my first year riding in Pelotonia. I'm riding for family members who are survivors of cancer thanks to successful surgeries, discerning doctors, and advanced technology. Without the research made possible through fundraising like Pelotonia, outcomes may have been different.
That's why I ride.