CREA Joins Huntington Bank for Fifth Year at The Pelotonia 17 Bike Ride

“There’s nothing like thousands of riders hitting the road to raise together for one goal.” –

In its eighth year, The Pelotonia 17 is set for tomorrow – August 4th – in Columbus, Ohio. Of those eight, CREA employees have participated for the last five years. While the teams have changed, the commitment has not. This year’s participants include veteran riders Paul Cardamon, Jeff Nelson, Matt Urbanski, and newcomer, Ben Trussell. With a fundraising goal of $1,500 each, CREA riders are doing more than just a bike ride.

One hundred percent of the money raised goes toward cancer research at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. This year’s race has raised over $13 million so far and includes nearly 8,000 riding participants. To date, Pelotonia has raised over $40 million for cancer research.

CREA first became involved in the race through investor partner, Huntington Bank. “One of our investors, Huntington, is a major sponsor of the bike race.,” said Cardamon. “We join their team for the race. It’s a great way for us to support the great cause and support one of our clients.”

Beyond the support of a business partner and opportunity to bond with fellow co-workers, riding is also very personal to one of CREA’s riders – Jeff Nelson. Nelson is a cancer survivor himself, and has had multiple family members battle cancer as well.

In his fundraising bio, Nelson writes, “I am riding in memory of my cousin, Katrina Nelson, who passed away from cancer in 2004. My Aunt is currently in treatment for her second bout with breast cancer, and my dad also underwent treatment for prostate cancer two years ago and has a great long-term prognosis thanks to advances in the field from research centers like the OSU James Center. I am also a cancer survivor, and this summer will mark my 9 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 OSU and elsewhere have provided to greatly improve the lives of so many people who have cancer.”

Regardless of the reason to get atop their bike, the Pelotonia offers participants and supporters an exciting platform to join together to help cancer research.

“What is exciting about this ride is the amount of people that come out and support the riders along the trek,” said Urbanski. “Every small town we pass through, people line the street ringing cowbells, blowing horns -bands playing, encouraging the riders to keep pushing themselves to the finish line.”

If you are able and would like to contribute to one of CREA’s fundraising pages, please find the appropriate page links below. On behalf of CREA, we thank you for your support!

Paul Cardamon
Jeff Nelson
Ben Trussell
Matt Urbanski