LONDON, Ohio – Some of the world’s leading experts in cancer research have made ground-breaking discoveries right here in Ohio, such as finding ways to put the anti-cancer compounds found in black raspberries into other foods. And who better to help fund that research than five agricultural and energy cooperatives serving Ohio and Indiana.
Trupointe Cooperative, United Landmark LLC, Heritage Cooperative, Jackson Jennings Co-op and Town & Country Co-op on Tuesday presented a $138,637.13 check to The Cooperatives for the Cure of Cancer Fund and the Stefanie Spielman Fund, which both benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University. The check was presented during the Vice President’s Luncheon at Farm Science Review in London, Ohio.
The cooperatives joined forces in 2009 to begin the Cooperatives for the Cure of Cancer Fund, which has netted more than $400,000 to date. Supporting the fund are two campaigns – Growing the Cure™, where money is donated for each sale of soybean seed and corn seed, and Fueling the Cure™, where $1 is donated for every propane delivery.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich spoke at the luncheon of bringing strong values back to America and the importance of helping one another, such as the cooperatives have done in donating back to the community. Also speaking were OSU Interim President Joseph A. Alutto, OSU Vice President and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Bruce McPheron and others from Farm Science Review.
The Cooperatives for the Cure of Cancer Fund supports research at the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Broccoli, soybeans, eggs and other Midwest-grown foods are all part of the innovative research going on at OSU.