The Spielman Family Shares Legacy of Stefanie in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Join the fight against breast cancer by visiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
Stefanie Spielman grew up in northeastern Ohio and married her high school sweetheart, Chris, an All-American football player who went on to have an all-pro career in the NFL. In 1998, at the age of 30, Stefanie was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Spielmans’ strong belief in family led Chris to take a year off from football to stay home and care for his family, bringing them unexpected national attention. By publicly talking about breast cancer, more and more people learned about the disease and the importance of education and prevention. Stefanie and Chris realized they could use their unique situation to do more.
Among the many well-wishers, a local grocery chain asked Chris what they could do to help. He urged them to raise money for the OSUCCC-James where Stefanie was undergoing treatment. For one dollar, shoppers bought paper footballs to be plastered on store windows. Across the state and especially in central Ohio, support came in many forms – bake sales, golf tournaments and more – to raise money for the fund.
Initially, Stefanie and Chris had a goal of raising $250,000. Within the first six months, more than $1 million dollars had been raised for The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Today – through their work and the extraordinary grassroots support by Community Partners – more than $10 million has been raised to support breast cancer patients and research at the OSUCCC-James.
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