Pelotonia '17 sees record-breaking year

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This weekend more than 8,000 Pelotonia riders pedaled across Ohio with one goal: end cancer.

The organization saw a record-breaking year across the board.

The opening ceremonies downtown attracted 15,000 people, over 3,000 volunteers and 3,500 virtual riders.

While fundraising for Pelotonia ends October 6, so far, the organization has raised more than $15 million, all of which goes toward cancer research. The goal for 2017 is $25.5 million.

To be specific, Pelotonia raises money for cancer research in the form of idea grants, fellowship grants for students, statewide initiatives with a network of hospitals throughout Ohio and more.

“It’s really exciting that it’s right in our backyard and the funding, just, we see it work,” said Miguel Perez, Pelotonia vice president of mission and brand. “We see it happening and we’ve met so many patients that say to us, ‘I’m alive because of Pelotonia.’”

The organization is already looking ahead with plans to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, while still giving 100 percent of the donations to the James Center at Ohio State University.

“It allows us to raise a lot more money without the limitations or restrictions that may be placed on the university so we are super excited about the future and continuing to fund incredible research at the James,” Perez said.

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