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Marc Zehnder

Columbus to Gambier
Team Buckeye-Bikers for Brutus

Thank you for visiting my page and considering helping to find a cure for Cancer.


This will be my 6th year riding in Pelotonia and I celebrated 5 years of being cancer free on my 180 ride last year. I have been very fortunate and have had many wonderful experiences in my life. I can say that crossing the 180 mile finshline last year was right near the top of the list. 


CANCER is a horrible word and even worse disease. While it has taken something from me, I can honestly say it has given me an opportunity to, as Coach Woody Hayes would say, “pay it forward” that I would have never of dreamed of. I have been truly blessed with an amazing wife that has supported me though some very challenging times as well as many family and friends that have generously donated to this cause that has become a very important part of our lives. I have become a resource for others that have been diagnosed. It has been humbling to share my experience and help others through the process. Kim and I have raised over $50,000 dollars in our fight to end cancer and we want to thank all of you for that support.


 Kim and I owe so much to the great care I received at the Ohio State University Medical Center/James Cancer Hospital and for that reason we choose to ride again this year with Team Buckeye.


After riding 100 miles in the first two years and 180 miles the past three this year will be a little different, I'm riding 50 mile this year. Kim and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage in August of this year. In the 5 previous years of riding in Pelotonia I have never crossed the finish line with her. This year it's very important to me that I do.


I will once again carry the over 300 names we have collected  on my journey this year as well as ride in honor of many others, first among them is our friend Emily (Marsh) Fleming, who inspired both Kim and I to ride in Pelotonia for the first time in 2014. In March of 2014, at the age of 37, Emily lost her battle with cancer. We will also ride to celebrate those who have won the battle, in memory of too many who have lost it, for those who are hopeful for the fight they currently face and also for the little ones, and for our granddaughter Lola and niece and nephew Lucy and Liam in hopes that they NEVER understand the word CANCER!


As a survivor and former patient at the James Cancer Hospital I can tell you first hand that your tax deductible donation WILL make a difference in someone’s life, it did in mine, I’m living proof!


If you have a few minutes please take time to watch this video from Emily - My Inspiration as well as a story of a Kansas Jayhawk, that’s right, just see how far and wide your generous donations have reached and the lives they are saving. 


Last, I was honored to be interviewed for the the 2018 Ohio State Frontier Magazine - Pelotinia Edition so I've attached a link if you're interested in my story (page 17) and much more about how Pelotonia dollars are spent and what amazing things the Pelotonia dollars are producing. 


Emily's Team - A Story Of Hope And Persistence


 Susan Davenport - A Pelotonia Success Story


Frontiers - Pelotonia Special Addition 2018



My Pelotonia 2020 Donors

Date Donor Name Amount