The 8th annual Celebration for Life dinner was held on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Smith & Wollensky restaurant. Judy and Steve Tuckerman created the event to support the James Fund for Life Annual Fund – a fund that was established by the leadership and support of philanthropists Abigail and Leslie Wexner to purchase new technology and further research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James). Stefanie and Chris Spielman were named honorary chairs for the 2009 event.
Celebration for Life and The James Fund for Life Annual Fund raised over $1 million in 2009. Proceeds from this year’s event support the Technology Acquisition Fund at OSUCCC-James. Established by Celebration for Life 2008, this fund will be used to purchase new technology at OSUCCC - James as part of ProjectONE – the largest expansion in the university’s history – which includes a new cancer hospital.
Technology purchased from the proceeds of past Celebration for Life events include a flow cytometer, a da Vinci® Surgical System, stereotactic radiosurgery and image-guided radiation therapy, intra-operative MRI system and a PET/CT scanner.
At this year’s event, The James also displayed its new and advanced digital mobile mammography unit which was dedicated in honor of Stefanie and Chris Spielman. The unit was purchased with proceeds from Celebration for Life 2007. Learn more about the new mobile mammography unit and watch highlights of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
For more information on Celebration for Life or the James Fund for Life, please call The Ohio State University Medical Center Office of Development 614-293-3744.
From left to right: David Schuller, MD, Vice President, Medical Center Expansion and Outreach Medical Director; Carole Schuller; Steve Tuckerman; Judy Tuckerman; Maddie Spielman; Chris Spielman; Michael Caligiuri, MD, Director, Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chief Executive Officer, Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Honorary Chair Chris Spielman and Event Chairs Judy and Steve Tuckerman receive a standing ovation during the Celebration for Life program.
The James’ new digital mobile mammography unit at the 2009 event.