On August 8, several of our ACEL alumni participated in the 7th Annual Pelotonia.
Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal, end cancer. Started in 2008, Pelotonia has become one of the top athletic fundraisers in the country. In 2014, 7,270 Riders from 41 states and 10 countries participated along with 3,700 Virtual Riders and 2,617 Volunteers. Together, they raised over $21 million, bringing Pelotonia’s grand fundraising total to $82.3 million in 6 years. In 2015 they have already raised more than $13 million. Donations can continue until October 9, 2015.
In Saturday’s Columbus Dispatch, agricultural and extension education alum Alison Deady was featured as a current breast cancer patient. Deady was diagnosed in April and is currently undergoing treatment at The James. All money raised for Pelotonia goes directly to The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. You can read about Deady’s journey and the Pelotonia event here or like her Facebook page “Ali strong” on ways to support her.
Alumni that participated include: Kelly Newlon (agricultural and extension education), Emily Wickham (agricultural communication) and Stacie Seger (agricultural communication). Newlon completed the 50 mile route, while Wickham and Seger completed the 100 mile route.
Any current students and alumni who are interested in participating in Pelotonia in the future as a member of a team for our Department or College, please email Emily Wickham at email@example.com.