Before Delaware Hayes High School football coach Mike Golden’s Pacers take on the Marysville Monarchs Friday September 1, Golden met and thanked the man who is cycling through Columbus and across the U.S. as part of his efforts to raise $1 million dollars in his lifetime to help find a cure for lung cancer. Golden is returning to coaching after taking a year off for chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumors in his lungs. John Matthews’ “Ride Hard Breathe Easy” 3400 mile journey began August 24th in Philadelphia and he will arrive in San Francisco in early October. He is riding through Columbus and stopping at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, which has been named a Center of Excellence by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF).
Ever since Matthews lost his mother Kathleen to lung cancer, the 55 year old software executive has been on a mission: to end the stigma, provide personalized medicine and increase access to screening for early detection. “Every year lung cancer kills nearly 7,400 people in Ohio. Patients like Coach Mike Golden and their families need to know that they can reach out to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation for support, and the OSUCCC – James for treatment,” Matthews said.
Since Matthews lost his mother to lung cancer in 2011, he and his family have raised nearly $80,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. “Lung cancer kills more people in Ohio than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. The tides are turning and people are starting to realize that lung cancer patients deserve the same research funding for cures as these other diseases.”
“All you have to do it BREATHE to get lung cancer,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 13-year lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF. “With the funds that John is raising with his ride across America, we will continue our work with The OSUCCC – James to fund clinical research, provide patient programs and advocate for changes in our goal to transform lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by the year 2023.”
The OSUCCC – James and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation are partners in Beating Lung Cancer in Ohio (BLCIO), a statewide study led by The OSUCCC – James to evaluate the impact of advanced gene testing and to encourage more people to quit smoking. The overall objective of BLCIO is to increase the survival of lung cancer patients and improve their quality of life.