COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Pelotonia is looking into allegations that a rider falsely claimed he was a cancer patient and survivor, and possibly kept cash donations for himself.
Doug Ullman, the President and CEO of Pelotonia released a statement Wednesday saying that the organization heard rumors of someone misrepresenting themselves as far back as 2015, but had no evidence.
We are aware of allegations that a Pelotonia rider may have misrepresented himself as a cancer patient and survivor. It is understandable that members of our community are very upset by this.
We, too, find the allegations deeply troubling, and that’s why we are doing everything we can to determine the facts.
The Pelotonia organization heard rumors that this individual was misrepresenting himself as a cancer patient and survivor in 2015.
With only a rumor to work with, and no evidence, Pelotonia consulted with legal counsel and our board of directors and decided, out of an abundance of caution, to discontinue referencing or using promotional materials that featured this individual.
Rumors have surfaced since that time, but we did not and do not have solid information to substantiate claims that this individual was not a cancer survivor.
As a cancer survivor myself, I find it disheartening and unimaginable that someone would misrepresent himself in this way, and so I am loath to accuse anyone of faking cancer survivorship without very convincing evidence.
More recently, people very close to this individual who believed in his cancer survivorship and have firsthand knowledge of this individual’s activities, came forward to allege that not only has he never had cancer, but also that he may have kept some cash donations for
for his own use. They only recently came to believe this, feel betrayed and are heartbroken over it, as are we.
We acted immediately on these new allegations and have referred the matter to the Charitable Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Pelotonia will take any and all appropriate actions, as we continue to learn the facts.