By Matt Reese
The Farm Science Review was the perfect place for an announcement about the progress of “Growing the Cure,” which is a collaborative effort among five Ohio and Indiana farmer-owned agricultural cooperatives working to find a cure for cancer.
“We are creating an endowment fund at the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital in collaboration with the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and we are trying to promote research for the prevention of cancer through foods,” Thad Dixon, regional sales manager for Trupointe Cooperative. “Ohio State asked us if there was any way to engage our customers on this and this was a natural fit. The program will be funded through the sale of seed. For every bag of corn sold, 10 cents will be donated and for every bag of beans, five cents will be donated.”
The group presented a check for over $103,000 to kick off the endowment at the FSR. The funds will be used to raise awareness and additional financial support for cancer research while providing positive awareness for the agricultural community. Heritage Cooperative, United Landmark, Town & Country, Trupointe and Jackson Jennings co-ops created Growing the Cure to raise money and awareness of the food-related cancer research being done at OSU’s comprehensive cancer center and Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital.
Dr. Steven Clinton, leading researcher and medical oncologist at Ohio State, reminisced about his childhood agriculture experience and the dire importance of a sturdy, three-legged stool to sit on while milking dairy cattle.
“Those three sturdy legs are also important in cancer research: prevention, early detection and treatment,” he said. “All three aspects must work together to gain success in finding a cure.”