2013 Stefanie's Champions Named  

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Posted: 4/3/2013

 ·      Five outstanding cancer caregiver Champions will be honored at the Stefanie’s Champions celebration event
·      Event Chair: Chris Spielman
·      2013 Honorary Chairs: The Ohio State University Head Football Coach Urban & Shelley Meyer
·      Join the conversation - live tweets from the event itself: hashtag #StefsChamps
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) has announced the recipients of the 14th Annual Stefanie’s Champions awards, and the Champions will be honored at the Stefanie’s Champions awards luncheon on April 10, 12:00pm, in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom of The Ohio Union.
 
Event tickets and reservations are available by going to go.osu.edu/ChampionsRegistration or by calling The OSUCCC – James Development Office, 614-293-3752. 
 
This year’s winners are:
·         James Caudill, of Dublin, OH
·         Josh Huffman, of Pandora, OH
·         Dennis McFadden, of Worthington, OH
·         Kathy Peugh, of Reynoldsburg, OH
·         David Zartman, of Worthington, OH
 
The 2013 Champion of Hope Award will also be presented to Shannon Peterson, of Upper Arlington, OH.
 
Stefanie’s Champions annually honors those whose dedication and strength were powerful influences in the lives of cancer survivors. Stefanie Spielman’s own Champion was her husband, OSU and NFL football great Chris Spielman, who put his professional football career on hold and went above and beyond his role as husband to care for her throughout her breast cancer battle. In 2000, they established Stefanie’s Champions to recognize one of the most critical factors in surviving cancer: loving, unwavering support. To show her gratitude, Stefanie gave Chris the first Champion award in 2000.
 
Though Stefanie’s battle ended in 2009, Stefanie’s Champions continues her legacy by honoring those whose dedication and strength are powerful influences in the lives of cancer survivors. It was her hope that every survivor could name someone who stood by them, gave them courage and helped them through.
 
Champions are nominated by the cancer survivors whose lives have been indelibly touched by these caregivers, with each Champion exemplifying the qualities and values that were important to Stefanie, Chris and their children, including:
·         Putting families first
·         Demonstrating acts of kindness and dedication to a cancer patient
·         Elevating a patient’s battle with cancer above all other personal needs
 
This is only the second time that the newly introduced Champion of Hope has been awarded. The Champion of Hope honors those who selflessly give their time, energy and commitment to help the cancer community while furthering the mission of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James (www.spielmanfund.com).
 
Proceeds from the event benefit the Stefanie Spielman Patient Assistance Fund and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC–James. Since 1998, more than $11 million has been raised to support these funds.

“These caregivers are such an integral part of the cancer fight,” said Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of the OSUCCC and CEO of The James. “Their dedication to these survivors is another valuable component to help us move even closer to our goal of creating a cancer-free world.”
 
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 228-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top 20 cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. 
 
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Media interviews with the Champions, Chris Spielman, Maddie Spielman, and James cancer experts can be scheduled by contacting Kristi Morris, Morris Public Relations, 614-878-8054, kmorris@morrispublicrelations.com.
 
To read the touching stories of this year’s Champions, see attached. For more information about the Spielman Fund or to view past Champions’ stories, click here.
 
Click here for high-resolution photos of Stefanie Spielman, Urban & Shelley Meyer, previous Stefanie’s Champions events, or any of the 2013 Stefanie’s Champions award recipients.
 
Contact: Kristi Morris, Morris Public Relations, 614-878-8054, kmorris@morrispublicrelations.com, or Ashley Clark, 614-366-6533, AshleyN.Clark@osumc.edu. 


Tags: Cancer; Breast Cancer

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