Things TO DO & Know

Greetings Peloton. I hope this finds you well. Please take a moment to read this and provide the information requested. We can only do this if we work together.

  1. We need items for the Silent Auction. Please send a picture and brief description to  as soon as possible. The Auction Site is accessible Here.

    • Please use one of the banners below to advertise the auction. Please put it on your email signature lines, as your facebook/twitter/instagram/social media banner.
  2. If you are a volunteer, please sign up for a date, time, and place via  or volunteer jobs can be found here.

  3. If you want to be a rider (and are not yet) the registration fee increases to $150 on July 1st.
  4. June 7-13 Matching Gift Incentive: Jumpstart your fundraising starting next week – any donation you receive of $25 or more (limited to $500), will be eligible to receive a matching donation from Team Buckeye. Details can be found by clicking this link. If the total amount of eligible donations exceeds our $30,000 allotment, we will randomly select gifts for matched donations.
  5. Team Buckeye Raffle Program: Free to use! Request packets of 25 tickets via email at and include your mailing address. Tickets are sold for $10/each, and due back to us via mail by August 20, 2021. Details, and a list of prize offerings, can be found by clicking this link.
  6. Pelotonia Fundraising Toolkit: This includes great Pelotonia impact messaging, sample ask letters, social media guides, and a monthly fundraising framework you can customize to your plans! Click here.
  7. Fundraising Events Advice: From Team Buckeye-Alumni & Friends, captain Selena Browning shares great ideas for how to host in-person and virtual fundraising events for Pelotonia. Click here.
  8. Cycling Training & Advice: For Riders, learn from the best on how to train for your ride, prevent injuries, follow road safety protocols, and treat your body right with nutrition to fuel your rides! Click here.
  9. Team Buckeye Bike Lease: Submit a form on our website to request a bike. For $200, you rent a road bike, helmet, and lock from us to train all spring and summer, ride in Ride Weekend, and return to us. Great for first time riders, or for those needing a road bike for longer distances. Click here.
  10. Team Buckeye Asset Kit: Here you will find logo files, Zoom/Microsoft Teams backgrounds, social media graphics, email templates, and other items to help you spread the Team Buckeye brand. Click here.

Fundraising and Matching Donations June 7-13


Team Buckeye Matching Donations

Team Buckeye is excited to bring you an exclusive fundraising incentive in June.

Between June 7-13, any donation between $25 and $500 made toward your fundraising goal will be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match.

Get those emails ready and queue up your social media posts to ask your community to support you from June 7-13 so you can double the amount of impact.

Team Buckeye Raffle Tickets

Teresa has a large number of Team Buckeye Raffle Tickets.

If you would like to sell any, please let her know.        If you would like to purchase any, they are $10 each.



Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Colleagues,

The OSUCCC – James is hosting the Granville Rest Stop for Pelotonia 2021 on Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8, and we are in need of 187 volunteers to hand out water and snacks to Riders, provide first aid and be a part of the sanitation crew.

The days will be broken into multiple shifts, as shown below. The rest stop will be at the Granville Intermediate School, 2025 Burg St., Granville, Ohio 43023.

 Volunteer Activity  Day Time  # of Spots 
 General  Saturday, Aug. 7  5 – 10:30 a.m.  35
 General  Saturday, Aug. 7  10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  35
 Sanitation Crew  Saturday, Aug. 7  5:30 -10:30 a.m.  10
 Sanitation Crew  Saturday, Aug. 7  10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  10
 First Aid  Saturday, Aug. 7  5 – 11:30 a.m.  2
 First Aid  Saturday, Aug. 7  7 – 11:30 a.m.  5
 First Aid  Saturday, Aug. 7  11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  5
 General  Sunday, Aug. 8  6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  30
 General  Sunday, Aug. 8  1 – 8 p.m.  30
 Sanitation Crew  Sunday, Aug. 8  7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  5
 Sanitation Crew  Sunday, Aug. 8  1 – 8 p.m.  5
 First Aid  Sunday, Aug. 8  6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  5
 First Aid  Sunday, Aug. 8  8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  5
 First Aid  Sunday, Aug. 8  2-8 p.m.   5

Volunteers will receive a Pelotonia T-shirt, water bottle and face mask. Additionally, Volunteers at this location will receive an OSUCCC – James T-shirt to wear during their shift.

To register for the rest stop, click here and follow the step-by-step registration instructions provided here, using access code “THEJAMES” to access our reserved shifts. If you are already registered as a Rider or Challenger, you can add a Volunteer registration to your account as outlined in the instructions provided. During registration, it’s important that you join a Team Buckeye peloton if you are not part of one already.

This is a great opportunity to show support to the Pelotonia Riders who are riding through Granville on their way to the finish line. These Riders have committed to ride 35 to 200 miles to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State.

As Ride Weekend gets closer, you will be contacted with all the details you need to know. Thank you in advance for your support of this event that ultimately will help bring us closer to a cancer-free world.


Raphael E. Pollock, MD, PhD, FACS
The Ohio State University
Comprehensive Cancer Center
  William B. Farrar, MD
Chief Executive Officer
James Cancer Hospital and
Solove Research Institute

Team Buckeye Town Hall

You’re invited to join Team Buckeye for an informative virtual town hall where we’ll give:

  • an overview of what to expect for Pelotonia 2021,
  • share resources for fundraising and training, and
  • answer any questions you may have about all things Team Buckeye.

We hope you’ll join us on either June 2 from 2-3 p.m. or June 3 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

All attendees will get $20 deposited into their fundraising account for participating, and five people will get an additional $25 for correctly answering trivia questions during the sessions.

Click the button below to register. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to your chosen town hall date.
Register here


Welcome Everyone!

Hello Oh!IO PeDa1ers!

Zihai and I are so happy to have you on our peloton. We are looking forward to the upcoming weeks and events with you. It dawned on me today that you may not know who all is currently on our peloton. I want us to be a team, support each other, encourage each other and have fun together.

So, Zihai and I want to welcome each and every one of you:

RIDERS (14):                   VOLUNTEERS (9):                      CHALLENGERS (11):

Dongjun Chung                Teresa Kutcher                               James Fant

Kevin Weller                     Johanna Schafer                             Kelsi Reynolds

Payton Weltge                  Zheng Hong Lee                              Mohamed Yusuf

Jamie Hamon                   Yuzhou Chang                                  Maria Velegraki

Feng Hong                         Gang Xin                                           Tamra Brooks

Bei Liu                                Soo Ngoi                                            Komal Das

Zihai Li                               Vidhya Karivedu                              Qin Ma

Anna Vilgelm                     Megan Hill                                         Brian Searle

Mark Rubinstein              Tong Xiao                                          Xiaopei Huang

Hakan Cam                                                                                     Jonathan Butchar

Bill Wu                                                                                             Donna Bucci

Chelsea Bolyard

Jenny Wang

Karthik Chakravarthy

Check up…..


Time to do a quick check up.

How are you doing? How are you REALLY doing? I hope you will take a moment and either email me ( or comment on this post and let me know how you are doing. I want to help in any way possible!

The Pushbike Song

I know you may already be tired of these updates as we often look at the Pelotonia event as just another thing to do on our plate.

But what if we were to look at it as an integral part of our job and our person? I mean, we eat so that we can work, play, and live. What if we treated our peloton activities the same way? It is necessary to work and live and reach our goals. Would we talk about it like we do our food or our exercise? Would we plan it like we do our dinner? Or set aside time for it like we do exercise?  I hope that this is what we all work toward.

For me (Teresa), Pelotonia has become one of the motivators to exercise and eat right – I am a cancer survivor and I am so thankful for the work you do, for the support of our many donors, and I want to be a part of that for others. I am trying to be as intentional in talking about Pelotonia (and the Oh! IO PeDa1ers) as I am in talking about and planning my healthy eating and exercising. If I don’t, it falls by the wayside.

Training for Pelotonia 2021 is not just about riding your bike, or working toward your challenges. It’s about training yourself to make this an integral part of who you are and what you do. This can happen in many ways. For me, it has become part of my daily prayer life as well as part of my exercise routine (I plan to either walk 15 miles or bike 25 miles per week this year (after my doctor clears me from surgery). I talk about this often with family and friends (phone, social media, texts) so that I have accountability to continue to overcome a diagnosis I never wanted to have – cancer. That I never want anyone else to have.

Will you share your WHY with us by commenting on this post?

Today is the day of giving….

It is a great time to make your Pelotonia ask. Check out our previous post with a sample letter and start sending out emails.

You can do this! We have faith in your commitment to your research, to helping others. Give your friends, family, acquaintances, businesses a chance to do the same!


Pelotonia  added three new blogs to serve as resources for our community and answer frequently asked questions that are received ahead of Ride weekend. Check them out below:

Have you made your your ask yet? Invited someone to join us?

Wow there is so much going on right now! I hope this message finds you well.

Take a deep breath! Go on…. it’s okay.  Vaccines are happening, Pelotonia 2021 is happening, and there is light at the end of the tunnel!

I have 3 main topics today.

  1. It’s time to make your ask. Do you have a plan? March 22nd is right around the corner and is the Day of Giving. What a great day to send your Pelotonia ask.  Send it now or on the 21st or even the morning of the 22nd (use that “send later feature in our Outlook” and watch the donations come in after that. Don’t know how to ask? Check out our recent post with a sample ask letter. (But don’t forget to have your thank-yous ready!) Want to know more about day of giving? Read more »
  2. Have you invited someone to join our peloton? Why in the world not? 🙂  If you want to have even more fun – recruit your friends to join you and make a party out of it! Don’t forget – each new rider automatically gets a $50 donation from Captain Zihai. Create a joint “ask letter” and send it out together. This doesn’t have to be a “socially distanced” thing – zoom and work together – be creative.
  3. Are you talking Pelotonia up? Do your friends or family even know anything about it? Talk about it; post about it; tweet it; instagram it; facebook it; whatever you do – get the word out there. Show that your Pelotonia pride. More than that – be proud of the work you do! You ARE awesome!



Please share….

Captain, Dr. Zihai Li has pledged a $50 donation to the next 20 riders to sign up before the end of March.

Please encourage your friends, family, coworkers to join our peloton.

Need some social media help? A banner? It’s all available.

Keep PeDa1ing!