The Ohio State University at Newark

Pancakes for Pelotonia is April 21

NEWARK, OH, April 10, 2018 — Breakfast for champions is making an impact. Pancakes for Pelotonia is Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 8 a.m. to noon in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, at The Ohio State University at Newark.

The pancake breakfast also includes bacon, fresh fruit salad, and juice or coffee. Donations support Ohio State Newark’s Team Buckeye—Rolling for a Cure fundraising goal for the Pelotonia ride on Aug. 3-5, 2018.

“If you have never experienced riding a bike alongside several thousand other riders, it is exhilarating yet also a bit daunting,” said Lisa Ford, student and tutor at Ohio State Newark. “It’s not just about riding your bike, raising money or helping find a cure for cancer. It’s about taking in the entire experience, being a part of something so uplifting that all five senses are simultaneously working in overload.”

Ford is no stranger to Pelotonia; she is registered for her fifth ride in 2018. She has completed the 25- and 50-mile routes and plans to ride 35 miles this year. She participates in the “I Ride for You” program that pairs a student rider with a cancer survivor. Ford says participating in this program creates a connection with the survivor and lets them know they are noticed.

“It's about creating a change in the world with people who share the same goal. This changes your soul because it makes you think beyond yourself,” said Ford. “You are helping people you don’t know for reasons you can’t really explain.”

The Pelotonia ride can be one of self-transformation in the sense that you are now a part of something bigger, Ford explains. Her most memorable experience occurred in Pelotonia 2016 when she observed a woman who is a survivor and is now living for someone else.

“Her sign touched my heart in a way only another mother could relate,” said Ford. “My children are my world; I completely understood why she was standing alone at 7 a.m. holding a sign for all passing riders to read: 11 Months Cancer Free, 4 Months Pregnant!”

Ford is set to raise $750 this year. Though fundraising may seem challenging for a student and mother, Ohio State Newark helps with events like Pancakes for Pelotonia. Ohio State also provides raffle tickets that allow students to raise money as well, said Ford.

Not only are Ford and her teammates sharing one goal, but they are also doing so together as an Ohio State Newark family. Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald captains the peloton, which is open to students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

“We are like Dr. MacDonald’s extended family,” said Ford. “He welcomes us into his son’s journey as a survivor of cancer and us as community members, students and faculty become one who care.”

In addition to the breakfast, dogs and cats from the Licking County Humane Society will be on campus to mingle. The Licking County Human Society will accept donations from their wish list:

Ohio State Newark would like to thank Buckeye Country 107.7; Courtesy Ambulance; Kool 101.7; Licking Memorial Health Systems; Midwest Dermatology Centre, LLC/Integrated Dermatology Group; Mortellaro McDonald's; Park National Bank and Wilson; Shannon & Snow Inc. for their generous support of Team Buckeye – Rolling for a Cure.

This year is Pelotonia’s 10th anniversary, and in those rides more than $157 million for cancer research has been raised. In 2017, Team Buckeye — Rolling for a Cure’s 39 members raised $51,630.89. Pelotonia directs 100 percent of every dollar raised to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC— James).


Top: Team Buckeye—Rolling for a Cure in 2015.

Bottom Left: Ford’s family waits at the finish line in Pelotonia 2016.

Bottom Right: Lisa Ford (middle) and fellow Ohio State Newark teammates
in 2015.

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