Medical Student Dies During 102-Mile Bike Ride for Cancer Research

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An Ohio State University medical student died Saturday during the Pelotonia 102-mile bike ride for cancer research, according to a statement by Pelotonia CEO, Doug Ulman.

The biker, Mason Fisher, described as a three-time Pelotonia rider and active member of the community died after suffering a “medical event” during the ride.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Fisher was 27 years old. The outlet reported that Fisher was at the 100-mile mark when he collapsed from a medical issue.

Fisher’s mother, a cancer survivor, said her son’s last words were, “I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, Mom,” according to the outlet.

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From Pelotonia CEO, Doug Ulman’s statement:

Yesterday we suffered a tremendous loss. Mason Fisher, a three-time Pelotonia rider and active member of our community, experienced a medical event while participating in the 102-mile ride and later passed away. It is with profound sorrow that we share this tragedy with you today.

Mason was a beloved member of the Team Buckeye – Spin Doctors Peloton as well as The Ohio State University. His giving spirit and dedication to helping others were evident to all and this loss affects the entire Pelotonia community.

On behalf of Pelotonia, we also extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched, and we grieve with them during this time.

The university also released a statement:

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Mason, who was selflessly riding in Pelotonia to help cancer patients – a cause he was personally connected to,” Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson said. “The death of a student impacts the entire Buckeye Family and I know that all of us send our deepest expressions of sympathy to his parents, family, and friends.”

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