Testicular cancer survivor raises funds for OSU James Hospital

Lena Weib

A self-proclaimed lifelong Buckeye, Jay Holdgreve has always tried to live by former Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes’ famous saying: “You can never pay back, but you can always pay forward.” 

But it wasn’t until after Holdgreve was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 34 in 2010 that he came to fully understand the meaning of that statement.

In 2011, Holdgreve, an Ohio State alum from Dublin, established an endowment that has since raised more than $146,000 for testicular cancer research at the university’s James Cancer Hospital.

Testicular cancer affects about 1 in 250 men during their lifetimes, and it is the most common cancer affecting men ages 15 to 35, according to the Cleveland Clinic

After receiving the diagnosis in 2010, the reality of his illness hit Holdgreve first.

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