Ohio State Newark Professor Geared Up to Take First Ride in Pelotonia
NEWARK, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2017 – It’s that time of year again when thousands of riders will take over Ohio’s streets to bike 25, 55, 100 or even 180 miles with a singular mission: end cancer. This year there is a new face in the crowd: Elizabeth Weiser, Ph.D. She is riding in Pelotonia, which takes place Aug. 4-6, with The Ohio State University at Newark’s peloton: Team Buckeye – Rolling for A Cure.
Weiser, a professor of English at Ohio State Newark, will ride the 25-mile route motivated by three families whose lives were permanently altered by cancer. Two of her friends, each with young children, were widowed by cancer. But what she says really convinced her to join the ride was the death of a dear friend this year.
Weiser kept up with her friend’s progress online and watched from a thousand miles away as her network of friends brought meals and took the children on outings. “I thought, ‘I can’t do anything to help her.’ It was sad,” said Weiser. “So I thought the one thing I can do is ride in Pelotonia so that other families don’t have to go through this.”
One commonality among all three friends is that they have young children. As a mother, Weiser explains her greatest fear is to have her daughter grow up without her. This is something she is witnessing her friends’ children go through now.
“These were wonderful people, and you felt like their fairy tale life has come true. And then it’s wiped out by cancer,” she said. “It made me think that I can do one tiny thing.”
Weiser has been a supporter of Pelotonia for years, and now she’s ready to join the ride. She describes herself as active and a recreational bike rider. What’s different for her is biking 20 miles, every day as part of her training. But that’s not the most challenging part of Pelotonia. For Weiser, it’s the fundraising. In its eight years, Pelotonia has raised over $130 million for cancer research. Tax-deductible donations to Weiser or other members of the Ohio State Newark Peloton can be made online.
“I’m looking forward to being in a crowd of people who are all dedicated to this one cause,” said Weiser. “It’s very inspiring. I look forward to being inspired by everyone else around me.”
There are 39 members of the Ohio State Newark peloton which is captained by Dean/Director William L. MacDonald. “I’m really glad that our campus has a team. Bill (MacDonald) has been so involved in getting people inspired and keeping them inspired for years,” said Weiser. “It’s good to have a cause. It pulls you out of yourself and makes you think of other people.”
Team Buckeye-Rolling for a Cure is sponsored by Buckeye Country 107.7; Courtesy Ambulance; Kool 101.7; Licking Memorial Health Systems; Mortellaro McDonald's; Park National Bank; and Wilson, Shannon & Snow, Inc.
Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. As a centerpiece of its year-round fundraising efforts, Pelotonia hosts a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. In its eight years, Pelotonia has raised over $130 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide, Cardinal Health Foundation, and Harold C. Schott Foundation, Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised by its participants to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.