The ninth annual Cultivating a Cure fundraiser, an event created to support cancer treatment and prevention research, welcomed a record 375 attendees Aug. 25 and collected more than $116,000 for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Cultivating a Cure was started in 2011 by former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus and his daughters to support their passion for breast cancer research, cancer prevention. It honors Debbie Porteus, the family’s wife and mother, and all of those who have or who are battling cancer, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Since its inception, Cultivating a Cure has raised more than $650,000.
This year’s event, held at Baldosser Farms in Green Springs, Ohio, included remarks from Gary Baldosser, who lost his father to cancer two years ago; and Gary’s daughter-in-law, Brooke, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 22.
Speakers from OSU presented research news
Guests also heard from Cathann Kress, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and Elizabeth Grainger, a clinical research nutritionist at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kress and Grainger discussed the importance of food when it comes to cancer prevention, and how many schools at OSU are working together on additional research.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is already working on the details for the 10th annual Cultivating a Cure. Next year, the event will return to its roots at the same location as the inaugural event, Porteus Farms.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.