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Matt Mcquade

Columbus to Gambier
Team ColumbUS
My Fundraising Progress:
$0 My Commitment: $5,000.00

This year, Pelotonia is more personal to me than ever. A close family friend of ours was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. She's young and healthy and went to the doctor as soon as she discovered a lump. Despite feeling completely normal and doing all of the right things, she was diagnosed with an aggressive triple-negative cancer that is already stage IV. She has four children.


She is in good spirits, receiving excellent care at The OSU James and I have tremendous faith that she will pull through this and be a cancer survivor. Her experience has, however, provided a grim reminder that cancer is a bully that impacts everybody and needs to be stopped once and for all.


Now to a more positive note. During my fundraising for Pelotonia last year, a former associate of mine and two-time cancer survivor responded to an email with her story. She too had triple-negative breast cancer and told me about two OSU James researchers that were 100% funded by Pelotonia fellowships. Drs. Steve and Gina Sizemore study how existing FDA-approved drugs might help treat sarcoma and triple negative breast cancer by capitalizing on molecular characteristics expressed in approximately 10% of triple negative breast cancers. The Sizemores worked on an alternative to her challenge, and a much more effective and targeted treatment for a subtype of triple negative breast cancer. They would not be doing what they are doing without Pelotonia. 




In just ten years the Pelotonia community raised over $184 million for cancer research. But we aren’t stopping there. Every single dollar we raise is invested in innovative cancer research, the brightest minds and ideas, and the tools and technology needed to reach our one goal. Please join me in supporting this cause and let’s save lives.


Remember - 100% of every single dollar raised is directed to life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Your support matters. Join me.


Together, we are unstoppable.

My Pelotonia 2020 Donors

Date Donor Name Amount
02/20/2020 Anonymous $300.00