Sen. Rob Portman

Cultivating a Cure raises more than $90,000

Cultivating a Cure, an annual fundraiser started by Nationwide board member and former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus, raised more than $90,000 to support cancer treatment and prevention research at Ohio State University. 

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation helped set up and run the Aug. 16 event, which was held at the Grover Hill farm of Lisa and Terry McClure, a Nationwide board member and former Farm Bureau president. Speaking at the event were Sen. Rob Portman and Bruce McPheron, dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

One of the event’s highlights was a live auction conducted by well-known Ohio auctioneer Johnny Regula. This year’s event drew 250 people.

Porteus started the fundraiser as a way to remember his wife, Debbie, after she died from breast cancer and to raise funds in an effort to find a cure for cancer.

Over the past five years, Cultivating a Cure has raised more than $282,000 for cancer treatment and research at The Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.