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CREA Employees Join Investor Partners to Race for Good Causes

Falmouth Road Race 2018

For the fourth year, CREA employees are lacing up their running shoes for the Falmouth Road Race in Massachusetts on August 19th. Runners Alicia Fannon, Josh and Ashley Reed, and Bianca Pyko will be fundraising as part of Team SWF (Sturge-Weber Foundation), led by partner client Pam McIntyre. The team was formed to raise money for the Sturge-Weber Foundation a few years after her son, Ryan, was diagnosed.  Learn more about Ryan’s story, shared by the McIntyre family a few years ago with the Boston Children’s Hospital.

“I participated two years ago and had a positive experience,” said Alicia. “The Sturge Weber Foundation team was welcoming, organized and a lot of fun! Plus, the course is beautiful – though it can be excruciatingly hot.”

Alicia, a seasoned runner since the age of 12 and participant in four consecutive Boston Marathons, will have no problem taking on the seven mile “sprint”, as well as Ashley who has several half and full marathons under her belt, including a Walt Disney World four day, 48.6 mile Dopey Challenge. Josh and Bianca enjoy shorter distance running, but have accepted the challenge.

“I dabble in running as cross-training and will usually get suckered into a few races/relays a year,” said Bianca. “I enjoy running in costumes for shorter races.”

Regardless of their pace, each runner has set their individual fundraising goal at $2,000. “Donations are still being collected and are VERY much appreciated,” said Ashley

“Over the years, CREA has helped this amazing team raise a cumulative $565,000, and Pam’s goal is to make it to the $1,000,000 mark at the end of the 10th Year,” said Bianca.

If you’d like to contribute, below are the links to our fundraising pages:

Pelotonia 2018

Veteran riders, Jeff Nelson and Ben Trussell, will be taking to Columbus, Ohio for the 2018 Pelotonia bike ride on August 4th. Jeff will be participating for his sixth year, and Ben will be in his second. Each will be pedaling 45 miles from Columbus to New Albany, Ohio.

The Pelotonia is in its tenth year raising funds for cancer research. One hundred percent of the money raised goes toward cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCC – James). This year’s ride has raised over $9 million so far and includes over 8,000 riding participants.

“CREA’s fundraising effort is spearheaded by our investor, Huntington Bank, a primary sponsor of this event,” said Jeff. “For the past six years, CREA riders have joined with Team Huntington’s CRE peloton, which this year has 188 riders! To date, Pelotonia has raised over $163 million!”

Jeff and Ben have set individual fundraising goals of $1500. Huntington Bank is matching up to $400 per rider to help them reach their commitment. To donate to CREA rider efforts, visit their fundraising pages below:

While the Pelotonia is a worthy cause, affecting nearly every person directly or indirectly, Jeff has many reason to ride every year. “I am riding in memory of my cousin, Katrina Nelson, who passed away from cancer in 2004. My Aunt is currently in remission from her second bout with breast cancer, and my dad also underwent treatment for prostate cancer three years ago and has a great long-term prognosis thanks to advances in the field from research centers like the OSUCC –  James. Several members of my CREA work family have undergone (or are currently undergoing) treatment for cancer, and I ride for them too. I am also a cancer survivor, and this summer will mark my 11 year anniversary of my treatment for tongue cancer which involved surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, so I am particularly thankful for all that the finest minds in cancer research at OSUCC –  James and elsewhere have provided to greatly improve the lives of so many people who have cancer.”

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