This weekend, almost 8,000 bike riders from across Ohio will don their helmets and take to the roads with the goal of beating cancer during the Pelotonia fundraiser.
Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Mark Morscher ('89) is no stranger to getting involved. With several close friends dealing or recovering from cancer, he was motivated to help any way he could.
"I actually got started as a dedication to three people, two of which were my former roommate/best man - an Electrical Engineering grad with me - and a good friend/co-worker who was a Computer Science grad," he said.
In 2014, Morscher embarked on three goals: Start road biking, take part in his first-ever Pelotonia and raise over $4,000 for cancer research on behalf of his friends. With the support of many people, he checked off all his goals and ultimately ended up raising $6,500.
"Everybody is affected by cancer in one way or the other, and if I can participate in such a great event and do what I can to help reduce the future impact through the support of my friends, riding 180-miles in two days is a no-brainer," Morscher said.
Featuring three days of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism, Pelotonia has raised over 82 million dollars in six years, and is already nearing $12 million for 2015 alone.
Morscher's involvement in the 2014 Pelotonia has only served to strengthen his commitment to the race.
"The overall experience was one of the best and most rewarding in my life, and I knew right away that it is something I would want to repeat many times," he said.
With $2,495 raised toward his $4,000 goal this year, Morscher is already more than halfway there. To help reach his financial finish line, fellow ECE alumni can help donate to his campaign by clicking here.
One hundred percent of every dollar raised in the Pelotonia goes directly to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
To learn more about Ohio State's own Team Buckeye Pelotonia volunteers click here.
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