Cultivating a Cure sets attendance, fundraising records

The 9th annual Cultivating a Cure, an event created to support cancer treatment and prevention research, welcomed a record 375 attendees and collected over $116,000 for the OSUCCC James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Cultivating a Cure was started in 2011 by former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus and his daughters to support their passion for breast cancer research, cancer prevention and to remember Debbie Porteus, beloved wife and mother, and all of those who have or who are battling cancer. Since its inception, Cultivating a Cure has raised over $650,000.

This year’s event, held at Baldosser Farms in Green Springs, Ohio, included remarks from Gary Boldosser, who lost his father to cancer two years ago as well as Gary’s daughter-in-law, Brooke, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 22.

Guests also heard from Dr. Cathann Kress, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Dr. Elizabeth Grainger, a clinical research nutritionist in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University. Both discussed the importance of food when it comes to cancer prevention and how many schools at Ohio State are working together on further research.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is already working on the details for the 10th Cultivating a Cure. Next year, the event will go back to its roots to the same location as the inaugural event, Porteus Farms.

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