Turning Pink into Green for Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State

Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute would not be able to make the meaningful strides in research and treatment in support of the vision of creating a cancer-free world if it were not for the tremendous support received from the community. Once again this October, there was an incredible outpouring of support for the OSUCCC – James and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to the support of our Community Partners who hosted over 125 events, nearly $1 million was raised for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and Stefanie Spielman Patient Assistance Fund at the OSUCCC – James.

These are merely a few highlights of the record-breaking fundraising month. Learn more about the outstanding efforts of our James Community Partners on page 16 and at www.go.osu.edu/JamesCommunityPartners.

Kroger Teams Up to Continue to Fight


Through their efforts in October, Kroger raised $500,000 for the Spielman Fund. Kroger invited each of its customers to support breast cancer awareness and research through the sale of pink ribbons, pink light bulbs and pink-tagged items. Over the past 8 years, Kroger has donated more than $2.3 million to support breast cancer research.

Panera Steps Up for Stefanie Once Again


Panera continued their partnership for the 2nd year with three initiatives raising more than $170,000, all benefitting breast cancer research at the OSUCCC – James through the Spielman Fund.

  • Panera kicked off the month with Go Pink Day at Panera on October 2nd, where all Panera Cafes in Columbus donated 100% of the proceeds from Pink Ribbon Bagels sold.
  • Throughout the entire month, Panera customers purchased travel mugs with the Step Up for Stefanie logo for $10 to benefit the fund. Purchasers then received free coffee refills in their mugs all month long.
  • Finally, Panera presented Step Up For Stefanie 5K | 2 mile walk/run on Sunday, October 28. This family-friendly race drew in more than 5,000 participants.

Pizzas Go Pink


  • Donatos stores in Columbus and around the region turned their large pizza boxes pink to raise awareness for breast cancer and raised more than $43,000 to support the Spielman Fund.

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