Many lives are touched by cancer. Many companies are also touched by cancer. Heartland is no exception and for that reason, Heartland has once again sponsored a team to ride in the Central Ohio event, Pelotonia. Heartland Bank has contributed to this fundraiser since 2013.
Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Focused on a community of passionate fundraisers and centered around a three-day experience of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism, the Pelotonia community has raised more than $157 million for high-risk, high-reward cancer research. Last year, 8,022 Riders from 39 states and 7 countries participated along with 3,576 Virtual Riders and 3,044 Volunteers. Heartland supports this cause, where 100% of the donations will go directly towards cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
For Heartland, participation began with a joint cause. On one hand, it was a simple idea for a wellness opportunity for bank employees that turned into a yearly Heartland initiative, complete with a team of riders, committed to ride for cancer research. On the other hand, sponsoring the team, affectionately named Tiney’s Team, became a way to honor the founder of Heartland Bank, Tiney McComb, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012.
During his career, Tiney was an inspiration to many of the members of the Heartland Peloton (the team of riders), both current and past. He was not only a brilliant businessman, but he also devoted many hours of his time to community service and family activities. Even though Tiney’s war on cancer in no way defined him, Heartland remembers his struggles and supports Pelotonia to honor Tiney, those battling cancer now and those hoping for a cancer-free future.
Just this year, the Heartland family has lost a valued employee to cancer. Randall Marcus McKeehan II worked at our Whitehall Corporate Center in our Client Services Division. He remained a valued employee until just weeks before he lost his battle with cancer. The effects hit close to home in so many ways - Heartland’s leadership and associates have real reason to embrace the cancer cause and contributions have become an annual occurrence. Pants for Pelotonia is the current campaign where employees can donate to Tiney’s Team and then wear their jeans on designated Fridays.
The Pelotonia model remains the same each year: all operating expenses are covered by funding partners so that 100% of every dollar raised by Pelotonia’s riders, virtual riders, and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research. New this year is their PULLL App which allows users to generate funds through exercise like cycling, running and walking. Their website, pelotonia.org, is packed full of information for riders, virtual riders and donators.
Riding in 2018 for Heartland is Gary Hall, friend of Scott McComb; Gary and Chasitity Paine, Heartland Bank Board Director and his wife; Mark Posey, previous Heartland Bank employee; and John and Jo Ridge, friends of Scott McComb and Heartland Bank.
If you’re attending the event as a rider or spectator on August 3 - 5, be sure watch for the riders with the Heartland Bank logo and cheer them on as they give 100% to support this Central Ohio mission. After the ride, stop in to any one of our 15 Heartland Bank locations where you’ll receive 100% of our attention even if you ride your bike through our drive-thru!