“Progress is happening”
Stefanie shared this thought throughout her life and today I continue to share that message with all of you. No, we don’t have a cure for cancer yet, but we are taking small steps every day of making that goal a reality.
Recently, I had my annual lab visit with some of the researchers benefiting from Spielman Fund dollars. You can read more about their work here, but let me tell you, hearing from them is all the motivation I need to know that Stef’s statement continues to be true. We have some of the brightest and most innovative minds at the OSUCCC – James. Their work will lead to new and innovative ways to prevent, detect, treat and cure breast cancer. I hope you will find their projects inspirational and hopeful.
The work taking place at the OSUCCC – James would not be possible without all of you. One hundred percent of every dollar you donate to the fund supports research and patient care. The reason progress is happening is because of YOU. With your support we have raised more than $15 million to fight cancer. Please note that I say cancer, not just breast cancer. We are learning that many of the treatments or therapies developed to benefit breast cancer patients also benefit patients with other forms of cancer. That is truly one of the great things about the OSUCCC – James and Ohio State, the collaboration between researchers, physicians and academics is incredible. This is what separates us from other institutions — progressive thinking — and it’s making a difference.
Twenty-four years ago Dr. Arthur G. James had a vision of a freestanding cancer hospital. Since that time, there has been amazing progress in research and treatment that has taken place. So much so, that the OSUCCC – James is opening the doors to a new state-of-the-art cancer facility designed to further the collaboration of research, education and patient care. This is a huge milestone — not just for our community, but for the world. This new facility will push us even further and I’m extremely excited and optimistic. As always, Stef was right on with her thinking — progress is happening, and it’s happening at Ohio State thanks to your support!
“Thank You for $13 Million!”
What motivates you? Is it your own disease? Is it a friend? Is it a loved one? Stef asked us these questions for a reason. Until we find out what motivates us, we won't be able to achieve our mission — a cancer-free world. I can tell you that my family, friends and community motivate me. You all motivate me to continue this fight against cancer and continue to live out Stef's mission to find a cure.
The Spielman funds have reached more than $13 million! This is an incredible number we have achieved and it is thanks to all of you. But what is even more impressive than the amount of money raised is how the money is being used - 100 percent of your gift goes directly to support the fund's efforts. The Spielman Fund is devoted to advancing research in breast cancer and finding a cure we can pass along to our children. Currently, the fund is focused on supporting the following areas:
- Development of new breast cancer drugs
- Tissue banks - human breast cancer tissue samples used to make discoveries and new drug targets
- Recruitment of the best and brightest physicians and researchers through professorships and fellowships
- Support for research studies
In addition, we are making an impact on patient care. The Stefanie Spielman Patient Assistance Fund assists breast cancer patients and their families who are struggling to afford the costs associated with treatment. The fund has provided essential equipment and services, including circulation pumps for lymphedema, compression garments, wigs, nutrition supplements, gas cards, restaurant gift cards and assistance with transportation.
To continue these efforts and to continue the growth of the Spielman funds, we all have to be on board.
Figure out what motivates you and you will be successful. I made a promise to continue what Stef started, and over the years I have learned that I cannot do it alone. It is within this community of survivors, doctors, nurses, friends and family that we will find a cure. If we continue to give money, support, hope and love, it will continue to grow. I’ve been given a mission, I’ve been given a passion, and that is why I am here.
Thanks to the OSUCCC – James and to all of you — I believe a cure will be found.
God bless, Chris Spielman
Ohio State Dedicates Comprehensive Breast Center in Honor of Stefanie Spielman
Stefanie Spielman, an Ohio State University graduate who lived by the admonition to "pay it forward," will be forever remembered for her generosity of spirit as she helped raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of research. In her honor, the University has renamed its breast cancer facility The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.
In the first six months, Stefanie and Chris raised more than $1 million for breast cancer research. Since her diagnosis, the Stefanie Spielman funds have raised more than $9.1 million. The goal is to raise another $7 million over the next three years.
The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is the first of its kind in the Midwest to offer the full continuum of breast cancer care and expertise — from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship — in one convenient, world-class facility.
Watch the October 24, 2011, dedication ceremony:
Every other month, we send an eNewsletter to our supporters to share the great activities being done to support the Spielman Fund and the amazing impact the fund is having on cancer research. Sign up to receive the enewsletter here and read previous editions below.