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Hearing just three words from a friend provokedThe Ohio State University at Newark student Elijah Lithiluxa to do something he never considered before: Ride in Pelotonia. The then-sophomore bought a used, two-gear bicycle and pedaled 25 miles to raise money for cancer research. And he will do it again this year. “I never really understood it until I rode,” said Lithiluxa about the spectators and supporters along the route. “It’s not just a whole bunch of people in one spot. Throughout the whole 25 miles, there were people everywhere. The most motivating thing, though, is the survivors who rode. There was a survivor who happened to cross the finish line at the same time I did. I have never seen anything so inspiring.” Pelotonia is an annual bike ride that raises money for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). In 10 years, Pelotonia riders have raised $184 million. Ohio State Newark participates annually with a team of riders, virtual riders and volunteers made of faculty, staff and students. In 2018, the 45 members of Team Buckeye — Rolling for a Cure raised $51,544.54. “I want to exceed my goal. It’s more than just a number to me,” said Lithiluxa who has witnessed family and friends lose loved ones to the disease. “I want to make a difference. Pelotonia — being a huge event — so many people know about it. It’s easy getting people behind it.” Lithiluxa and the rest of the Ohio State Newark peloton need your support. They will hold a pancake breakfast on April 20, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon in the John L. and ChristineWarner Library and Student Center. All donations go directly to cancer research at OSUCCC — James. Pelotonia 2019 will be held Aug. 2–4. Lithiluxa plans to extend his ride to 35 or more miles. Raising money and awareness, he says, is the best thing he can do to make cancer less scary. “To represent the university is an amazing feeling. I carry that with pride.” Members of the community are invited to participate in One Book, One Community, a free community book club hosted byThe Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in partnership with the public library systems of Licking County. Participants will read A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by bestselling author Therese Anne Fowler, and then meet for a discussion and book signing with the author to kick off National Library Week on Sunday, April 7, 1-3 p.m. in the Ohio State Newark/COTC John L. and ChristineWarner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, Newark. Complimentary copies of the book are available to the first 100 registrants. Books may be picked up at theWarner Library or any of the public libraries in Licking County. A limited number of free e-Books and e-Audio books are available to download through any of the public libraries in Licking County. All public libraries in Licking County will also have various formats available for check-out with your library card. Copies of AWell-Behaved Woman as well as Fowler’s previous work will be available for purchase at the Newark campus Barnes & Noble bookstore. Register to attend this event at any public library in Licking County, at theWarner Library or contact LauraWalsh at 740-364-9514 or walsh.276@osu.edu . One Book, One Community is made possible through the MelissaWarner Bow endowed fund. One Book: One Community Meet Bestselling Author Therese Anne Fowler Student Gears Up for Second Pelotonia Ride March 2019 The Ohio State University at Newark “To represent the university is an amazing feeling. I carry that with pride.” Elijah Lithiluxa Student at Ohio State Newark

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