Weekend Wonderings

Written December 8th, 2013 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to this week’s latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Since I write this before the Big Ten Championship Game, the outcome is still in doubt. However the game turns out, I hope you’ve all recovered, for good or ill, and we move on with our lives. And hopefully, we move on to the NCG. Please take a few minutes, grab a beverage and let’s get into this. Also, the Browns play the Patriots today, so you may need to double up the elixir.

The James/Wexner

Here’s some interesting news from The James. Due to the generous efforts and donations of Pelotonia volunteers and donors, nine research grants have been awarded.

“These pilot grants, funded by Pelotonia, are so critical to ensure that Ohio State stays at the forefront of speeding the development and delivery of treatments that target the molecules and markers fueling each person’s unique cancer,” says Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of OSUCCC and chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. “These projects represent bold, out-of-the box thinking to develop preventions and treatments that target individual cancers. None of these ideas would have been funded—along with so many other big ideas in cancer research—were it not for the thousands and thousands of Pelotonia riders and donors. Each of rider helps bring us closer to our shared vision of a cancer-free world.”

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Saturday Night at The Movies (for a good cause)

Written July 11th, 2013 by Ken

I just received this “Media Advisory” from my friend at The James.  Movie nights to support a great cause. And, check out the locations; it’s an athletic site tour de force. The weather forecast for Columbus looks great for Saturday, so this series of events is not to be missed.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Athletics Peloton, which is part of Team Buckeye, will hold three movie nights in different Ohio State athletic facilities to raise funds for this year’s Pelotonia.

The first movie night will feature “The Sandlot” on July 13 at 9 p.m. on the Nick Swisher Field at the Bill Davis Baseball Stadium, 560 Borror Drive.

The second movie night will feature “Wreck-It Ralph” on July 20 at 8 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 2491 Olentangy River Road.

The third movie night will feature “Avengers” on August 2 at 9 p.m. in the Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Drive.

Admission for each movie is $5, and all funds generated will benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center –  Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Pelotonia riders agree to a personal grassroots fundraising commitment that involves requesting donations from friends and family. Over the past four years, thousands of Pelotonia riders have raised more than $42 million for cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Thanks to the generosity of Pelotonia’s funding partners, the organization is able to direct 100 percent of all money raised by riders and donors to life-saving cancer research.