Gearing up for Pelotonia 2014

Like everyone else, I started riding as a kid, and got my first racing bike in 1974, a used Raleigh. I have been an ardent cyclist pretty much my whole life, moving up to a beautiful Masi in 1976, which I restored a few years ago and still own.bike.140525

Although I love to ride, I have to admit I don’t ride as much as I used to—certainly not as much as I intended when we settled in downtown Columbus, with access to miles of wonderful bike trails.

Pelotonia has been on my radar since my arrival on campus last summer; riders were gearing-up for the big ride and the energy was hard to miss.

Why would I not ride?

Beyond the way I feel about biking, I am riding in Pelotonia for other compelling reasons—and I encourage members of our arts and sciences family to join me. I am sure that you can find a reason.

Although many inroads have been made in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, cancer still has the upper hand and affects nearly all of us in one way or another.

Riding in Pelotonia is our chance to strike a blow here and now.

All of the money we raise is put to immediate use right here at Ohio State’s renowned James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. It supports research that opens the door to the real possibility of living in a cancer-free world.

It could save the life of someone you love.

My family has a history of cancer, so this is very personal and very real to me.

I am myself a cancer survivor—diagnosed with melanoma in the fall of 2013. Fortunately for me, it was detected early; surgery was all that was necessary; and I had the benefit of world-class cancer surgeons and patient care at the James Cancer Hospital.

I am living proof of the life and death importance of early detection and treatment and that is a message I hope to carry with me and out into the world.

Unlike all of my rides for the past 40 years or so, I am motivated by thinking that this ride is not just for the pure joy of riding or to clear my head or to get some needed exercise.

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