A beach vacation with the grandkids, or a chance to meet them in the first place. A graduation, whether it's college or kindergarten. A milestone birthday celebration. A lazy summer afternoon with good friends, absent the side effects of chemo.
When cancer is in the picture, the stakes are high.
That's why thousands of riders have committed to Pelotonia 2012. They take off August 10, after months of training and fund-raising work in preparation of rides up to 180 miles.
Now, the rest of us can help out. Supporting riders is easy: Go to Pelotonia to donate to the general fund or search for a specific rider.
Every penny goes directly to innovative cancer research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. (Find out more about where the money goes.)
Pelotonia: by the numbers
- In its first three years, Pelotonia attracted more than 8,300 riders from 38 states.
- Between 2009 and 2011, Pelotonia raised $25.4 million for cancer research.
- The Team Buckeye peloton, in its second year, includes Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The riders raised $1.8 million last year.
- The race raises more money every year: $4.5 million in 2009; $7.8 million in 2010; and $13.1 million last year.
- The goal is to raise $50 million in the first five years.