Sept. 29, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State synchronized swimming team held their 5th annual Sync Cancer event on Sunday, Sept. 24 and, once again, it was an enormous success. This year’s event was extra special, raising over $10,000 for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  The five year total amount raised is just over $33,000. 


Donations will continue to be accepted throughout the first week of October. The direct link to donation page is OSUSyncCancer2017


An estimated 125 people filed into the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to enjoy the festivities and honor the memory of Emily Marsh Fleming. One very special guest speaker was Cassie Moyer, an OSU alumni and current Pelotonia Graduate Fellow at the James Wexner Medical Center. 


Cassie is a central Ohio native – a graduate of Marysville High School and a current resident of Hilliard, where she lives with her husband and 15 month old daughter.  As is the case with most people, cancer unexpectedly took the life of several loved ones, which prompted her passion to “find a cure” at a very young age.  In 2012, Cassie graduated with honors from Ohio State with a B.S. in molecular genetics.  In 2013, she joined the OSU Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program to pursue a doctorate in cancer biology.  In 2015, Cassie was awarded the prestigious Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship to support research in early-onset breast cancer genetics. 


After Cassie explained just how helpful the donations were, Emily’s husband Scott said a few inspiring words. He thanked the community for their support, and challenged us to one day have 100 swimmers take part in the Sync Cancer event for Pelotonia. Emily and Scott’s 7-year old son Bryce counted down for the swimmers before they jumped in the pool to ‘Sync Cancer’!  


In all, a record 61 participants swam over 100 miles, and got to watch some amazing synchronized swimming from the team. A few lucky participants even got their chance to be lifted out of the pool in style! 


When asked of the importance of this event, synchronized swimming head coach Holly Vargo Brown said, “This event is incredibly special to our team and alumni.  Emily’s journey, and her commitment to paying forward, was the inspiration to get us started.  With the roots of her vision now firmly planted into our community, it has been amazing to watch HOPE grow. I cannot wait to see the day when we finally ‘Sync Cancer’ for good.” 


The Fleming family, The Ohio State University, and the James Wexner Medical Center would like to send their utmost gratitude to those who came to support the synchronized swimming team on Sunday, and to those who donated at OSUSyncCancer2017. With your help, one day we will finally ‘Sync Cancer’! We’ll see you next year!