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Pelotonia Partners Pledge Their Continued Support
Multi-year partner renewals demonstrate Pelotonia’s transformational impact
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 19, 2015 – Pelotonia, the grassroots social movement that raises money to fund transformational cancer research, is proud to announce multi-year pledges of continued leadership and funding support for Pelotonia’s operations from Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation and Nationwide. Other notable partners include Harold C. Schott Foundation, Scotts MiracleGro, and Cardinal Health.
“We are so grateful these visionary partners will continue their generous support of our community over the next five years,” said Doug Ulman, Pelotonia president and CEO. “These commitments will enable the Pelotonia movement to have an even greater impact as we fund research that will transform the lives of people across the country and around the world.”
Since Pelotonia’s advent in 2008, the movement has raised more than $86.5 million, including $4.5 million in 2015. Funding from Pelotonia allows doctors and scientists at The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to embark on research resulting in groundbreaking discoveries, better treatments and innovative prevention strategies.
Pelotonia’s forward-thinking partners enable the organization to commit every single dollar raised by the participants to the mission of funding cutting-edge cancer research, including:
- Investing in more than 292 young cancer researchers over the first six years;
- Supporting a clinical trial for Ibrutinib, which is now FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and mantle cell lymphoma; and
- Developing and funding a statewide initiative geared towards identifying those at high risk for colorectal ovarian and uterine cancer so they can seek preventative care.
“The advancements in research at The James that Pelotonia has helped fund over the last six years continue to impact all of us, including our friends, family, neighbors and colleagues in Central Ohio and beyond,” said Steve Steinour, chairman, president and CEO of Huntington Bank.
“We’re committed to Pelotonia because we understand the impact that cancer has, and will continue to have, on the lives of so many. Team Huntington looks forward to continuing its support of Pelotonia’s one goal: end cancer.”
Annually, Pelotonia collectively engages more than 150,000 fundraisers, volunteers and donors. The participation of so many passionate supporters enables Pelotonia to make an even larger impact on the cancer community, reaching far beyond the central Ohio community.
“The AEP Foundation has been a proud supporter of Pelotonia since its inception, and we are committed to continuing to fund the critical mission of this organization – to end cancer,” said Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and CEO and AEP Foundation chairman. “In addition to our Foundation’s support, our employees ride and raise money for cancer research in honor of our family members, friends and colleagues who have lost their battles against cancer and those who are survivors, with the goal of creating a world free from this disease.”
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 first six years, Pelotonia raised over $82 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, Harold C. Schott Foundation and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, 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 – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $68 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with a network of more than 700 branches and almost 1,500 ATMs across six Midwestern states. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement and capital market services that extend beyond its core states. Visit huntington.com for more information.
About L Brands
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company. The company operates 2,966 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in about 600 additional franchised locations worldwide. The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.
About American Electric Power
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.