The Ohio State University community remembers the life, passion and legacy of one of its own – Ohio State alum, philanthropist and advocate Stefanie Spielman.
The Comprehensive Breast Center at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University Medical Center announced yesterday that the University renamed its breast cancer center in Stefanie’s honor.
Stefanie Spielman graduated from The Ohio State University in 1989 with a journalism degree. During a self-examination when she was 30 years old she discovered a lump that was diagnosed as cancer by doctors at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Stefanie and her husband Chris, an All-American linebacker during his playing days at Ohio State, decided not to linger on the diagnosis and set out to raise money for breast cancer research. In the first year they raised more than $1 million, four times the amount of their original goal. The Spielmans also raised awareness for the need for breast exams and early detection.
In the first six months after her diagnosis, Stefanie and Chris raised more than $1 million for breast cancer research and raised more than $9.1 million in total. The goal is to raise another $7 million in the next three years.
Stefanie fought for a cancer-free world, but that never kept her from remembering that this is a disease that impacts people, their families and their communities. Known to offer words of hope and encouragement to her fellow breast cancer patients, she knew that the toll of the disease extended beyond the physical. She established a Patient Fund to assist breast cancer patients with the financial aspects of fighting breast cancer – from treatment payment assistance to helping pay for groceries and wigs.
She also launched Stefanie’s Champions to recognize breast cancer patient caregivers and supporters. The first person recognized was her devoted husband, Chris.
Stefanie lost her decade-long battle with breast cancer in November 2009. She left us all with a mission: continue to fight, continue to live. And that’s exactly what the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center intends to do.
The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is the first of its kind in the Midwest to offer the full continuum of breast cancer care – from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship – in one convenient, world-class facility. It is one of the few institutions in the world to use a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments on breast cancer patients.
To see how Stefanie’s contributions have advanced research and offered hope to thousands of patients and their families please visit www.spielmanfund.com.