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Stewart&Donna Kohl Give $1 Million to Establish Annual Cycling Event Benefiting Cleveland Clinic Cancer Research

Inaugural VeloSano Ride To Debut in 2014

May 14, 2013

Cleveland Clinic Trustee Stewart A. Kohl and his wife Donna gave $1 million to establish VeloSano, an annual cycling event to benefit cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. The inaugural VeloSano ride is scheduled for July 19-20, 2014.

VeloSano, derived from Latin words meaning “swift” and “cure,” is modeled after Pelotonia and the Pan-Mass Challenge, two highly successful cycling events that have raised millions of dollars for cancer research. Both Donna and Stewart Kohl have participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge for 16 years and witnessed firsthand the impact this type of race has on the riders and the community.

“This type of cycling event creates a remarkable sense of shared purpose and engagement,” said Stewart A. Kohl, Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Companies. “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and it is empowering to take action together. Donna and I expect our seed gift to yield a very high return by creating an annuity stream of funding for innovative, cutting edge cancer research that saves lives.”

Since its inception in 1921, Cleveland Clinic has been at the forefront of cancer breakthroughs. Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists have developed new surgical techniques, discovered new treatments and uncovered key information about cancer cells that have resulted in significant changes in the way patients are screened, diagnosed and treated.

Cancer remains one of the most pressing health concerns in the United States. Approximately one in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Despite these statistics, government funding for cancer research has remained flat in recent years.

“We are incredibly grateful to Stewart and Donna Kohl for this generous gift,” said Brian J. Bolwell, MD, FACP, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. “Funds raised by VeloSano and its riders will help our physicians and researchers generate discoveries and explore novel therapies for treating cancer.”

One hundred percent of the funds raised by VeloSano and its riders will benefit cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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