Medical breakthroughs require teamwork

“Together” is an annual publication celebrating the achievements that big and small donations have added up to make over the past year. Brilliant scientists, passionate doctors and care teams, brave patients and generous, visionary donors. Progress requires everyone working together to develop the new medicines, treatments and diagnostic tests that save and improve patients’ lives.

Without YOU, new treatments for cancer can’t be tested. New methods for diagnosing neurological disorders can’t be created. Surgeries can’t be improved, science can’t be advanced, students — the next generation of medical and scientific leaders — can’t learn.

150,000 individual donors

You are part of a team of individual donors, uniting to help our medical center break through what was considered impossible.

$180 million raised in 2017

Your remarkable generosity made 2017 our largest fundraising year yet!

8,000 riders raised $26.2 million

Pelotonia '17 exceeded all previous participation and fundraising records, doing more for cancer research than ever before.

$3.6 million from community partners

Gifts of all sizes are helping patients being treated throughout our medical center.

How your gift has made an impact

Last year, you and other donors supported The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in historic ways, making 2017 our largest fundraising year yet. Your remarkable generosity totaled more than $180 million. Your philanthropy is much more than a statistic or a milestone. It’s about touching countless lives and moving medical science forward in lasting ways. We offer the stories on these pages to illustrate just how much your giving has mattered. We are deeply grateful. Thanks to YOU, we made it happen– Together.

Ashley Poland Snowboarding

Together We Thrive

Donors gave a young cancer survivor a new chance at life. Because of the generosity of donors including the Next Gen group and the Mac and Cheese festival, the OSUCCC – James is becoming a national leader in supporting young patients like Ashley.

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Wana Mathieu

Together We Learn

A family’s legacy paves the way for students to make a difference. Wana Mathieu’s winding path to becoming a doctor began in Haiti. Wana continues to inspire and encourage her family with her medical accomplishments. With the help of the Dr. Edward R. Rinaldi Scholarship, medical school was made possible for Wana.

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Five Way Transplant donors

Together We Love

Ten strangers became forever linked through organ donation. A "chain" transplant creates lifelong bonds and friendships.

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Hands holding photo

Together We Discover

One widow’s gift helped create better diagnoses of neurological disorders. Jeanetta and Dr. Scharre worked with Ohio State-Newark to take the SAGE test to more than 200 people during a community event that also included tips about recognizing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Fricks

Together We Transform

Philanthropists advance heart research and care. Bob and Corrine Frick, longtime donors to the Ross, opened The Bob and Corrine Frick Electrophysiology Hybrid Suite. This suite provides doctors with the best equipment to continue their team approach to health care.

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Art of Recovery

Together We Create

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari is an MFA who works in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has developed a program that allows patients going through physical rehab to create beautiful pieces of art with their movements.

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Ehud Mendel

Together We Hope

Neurosurgeon Ehud Mendel, MD, MBA, FACS, is pioneering life-saving surgeries with the help of a broad range of collaborators at Ohio State.

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“I was just really grateful. Medical school is expensive, and I don’t come from a family that is fortunate enough to provide me with any funds for medical school. When I got this scholarship, it was a blessing.” Wana Mathieu Medical Student
“Starting the whole adolescent and young adult cancer program and really focusing on raising money for it is a huge step.” Ashley Poland Cancer Survivor
“Many of these people have not been previously engaged in the healthcare system, and they are now getting screenings. This can’t happen without donor support.” Darrell Gray, MD Deputy Director, OSU Center for Cancer Health Equity
“I would be just another artist in a basement trying to get someone to listen to me if donors hadn’t 1,000 percent backed this.” Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS, CCRC Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory

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