Thank you for 13 million!
October 2013

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 over $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 James and to all of you — I believe a cure will be found.

God Bless, Chris Spielman


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Winter 2011 Frontiers Magazine

  • Learn about OSUCCC-James clinical and basic researchers coming together to improve therapy for women with triple-negative breast cancer. 
  • The Stefanie Spielman Tissue Bank, created with Spielman Fund dollars, contributed to this important research by supplying tumor samples and associated clinical data from breast cancer patients treated at the OSUCCC-James. 
2010 Spielman Fund Newsletter
  • The October 2010 Spielman Fund Newsletter features a special tribute to Stefanie. 
June 2010 Chicago Tribune Special Section 
2009 Spielman Fund Newsletter
2008 Spielman Fund Newsletter

Spielman Funds at James Cancer Hospital Top $10 Million

What started as a quest by Chris and Stefanie Spielman to raise $250,000 for breast cancer research has been embraced by the central Ohio community – so much so – that more than $10 million has been raised to support vital breast cancer research and patient assistance at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

The milestone fundraising achievement was announced on April 11, 2012 during the 13th annual Stefanie’s Champions Awards luncheon that raises money for the Spielman Funds. The Champion award, established by the Spielmans, is designed to honor an important factor in cancer treatment, the loving and healing presence of a devoted caregiver. Stefanie gave the first Champion award to her husband, Chris, after he put his professional football career on hold to care for her when she was first treated for breast cancer in 1998 at the OSUCCC – James. Stefanie’s battle with breast cancer ended in November 2009.

Initially, Stefanie and Chris had a goal of raising $250,000, but 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 – $10 million has been raised to support breast cancer patients and research at the OSUCCC – James.     

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 as 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.​​​​​​


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