The Rider

June 3, 2010

Register, Ride, Cure Cancer … Win A Honda or a Giant Bike

Filed under: Pelotonia News — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

Mac MacDonald is riding for Lizzie Cauley, a 14-year old cancer patient at The James he met while he was undergoing treatment for his own cancer.

“I want to make a change,” MacDonald said Tuesday during a Pelotonia recruitment event at Ohio State, adding he can’t do it alone.

Mac is riding to help cure cancer

“And I need you (to ride), my daughter needs you, Lizzie Cauley needs you and my wife needs you,” he said during a short, but emotional speech to potential riders.

Several people took his message to heart – and signed up Tuesday at the event, one of several Ohio State is sponsoring in order to help reach its goal of 1,000 Pelotonia riders. To help encourage anyone on the fence about joining us for this amazing weekend, all faculty and staff members who register to ride will be eligible to win a 2010 Honda Accord, donated by CompManagement Inc. of Dublin, or a new Giant Defy Advanced 2 bicycle valued at $2,300, donated by Your Plan 4 Health  and roll: bicycle shops of Columbus.

The chance to win a car or bike isn’t why Theresa DiNardo Brown registered minutes after Mac’s pep talk.

“I already knew I was going to sign up, but I thought I’d come and take the opportunity today,” she said. “This is my way to help. My father died from leukemia, so this is personal to me.”

This is the car one lucky OSU employee will win - for riding in Pelotonia!

It’s personal to most Ohioans. According to Mac, every hour of every day, seven state residents are diagnosed with cancer – and three die. Think about that: every hour of every day seven people are diagnosed and seven die.

And we – the Pelotonia community – have the power to cut these numbers and save lives.

“By participating in Pelotonia you are part of the solution,” said Mike Caligiuri, director of OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Twenty years ago, Mike added, there were very few cancer survivors; today there are 12 million in this country.

“It happens, slowly but surely,” he said of the treatments and cures that have increased the number of survivors.

All this research costs a lot of money.

“I can’t do cancer research, but I can ride,” said Jeff Mason, Pelotonia Fellowship Director, who described last year’s ride as an emotional and transformational event for him. “It’s that simple: get on a bike, ride Pelotonia and help cure cancer.”

BTW: We have an interesting little competition brewing between OSU and Huntington, both of which have set a goal of recruiting 1,000 riders. I’ll keep tabs on the count as it continues, although this is one contest in which there are only winners and no losers. Good luck to both in reaching 1,000 or more riders.

There will be more Pelotonia recruitment events at OSU, here’s the schedule:

Thursday, June 10, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on the Oval in front of Bricker Hall (inclement weather location Bricker Hall 2nd-floor lobby)

Tuesday, June 15, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in room 100E on the first floor of Scott Lab

Tuesday, June 22, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the West Reading Room of Thompson Library

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