After receiving the results of a recent mammogram while celebrating her retirement in Washington D.C., Teri Strahine and her husband cut their vacation short to rush home for an ultrasound. &ldquo;The tech left the room, and when she came back she said, &lsquo;The doctor recommends you schedule a biopsy.&rsquo; I was shocked,&rdquo; Strahine says. Within days, she was sitting in the office of William Farrar, MD, a surgical oncologist, interim CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and director of the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. &ldquo;He recommended a second ultrasound and a biopsy, but I was in denial. I asked him if we could wait. He said, &lsquo;No, it&rsquo;s growing.&rsquo; My heart dropped. I had worked hard to create a wonderful life for my family, and six months into retirement, this happened.&rdquo; Strahine, who had recently decided to sell her call center company, had just bought a dream house on the water with her husband. They were empty nesters with big plans to travel and enjoy their newfound time together. Instead, she scheduled a biopsy. Fight Over Flight &ldquo;It was cancer. I remember the nurse called and said, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m sorry, I don&rsquo;t have good news.&rsquo; I wanted to come in first thing the next morning to see Dr. Farrar, and he agreed even though I later found out he was scheduled for vacation that day.&rdquo; Strahine had a lumpectomy for her stage one breast cancer, which had not spread to her lymph nodes. After six weeks of radiation, she was cancer-free. Then, ready to take back control of her life, she jumped into the larger fight against cancer. &ldquo;I became a volunteer at the Spielman Center, in the radiation area. I sat with the women who were waiting to go in for the treatments, to answer questions and talk with them, but after several months, it became too difficult.&rdquo; Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Strahine decided instead to throw herself into fundraising for the Step Up for Stefanie&rsquo;s Champions Walk/Run (benefitting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC &ndash; James) reaching out to her vast network of friends and family, especially those in Westerville, where she raised her children for more than 20 years. &ldquo;I decided I wasn&rsquo;t going to email these people to ask them to join my team. I was going to call each and every one because this was too important.&rdquo; In its first year, Strahine&rsquo;s team, Teri&rsquo;s Tatas, had 138 participants. In 2017, her team of 172 was the largest at the event and raised more than $12,000. Teri and her husband, a former Ohio State football player, also became event sponsors. Learning From Experience Strahine becomes serious when she thinks about the woman whose name graces the center. &ldquo;I never had the privilege of meeting Stefanie Spielman, but I thought about her a lot when I was diagnosed. I was fortunate that my children were older when I was diagnosed. Hers were so young.&rdquo; In addition to her role as leader of Teri&rsquo;s Tatas &mdash; she hopes membership reaches 200 in 2018 &mdash; Strahine has also become a source of support for the women around her. &ldquo;Women text me when they&rsquo;re going in for their mammograms. It puts everyone on edge. But you have to do it. And I want to get the word out about how important mammograms are. I also want to help find a cure so my daughter and the next generation won&rsquo;t have to deal with this.&rdquo; Learn more about the Step Up for Stefanie's Champions Walk/Run, including registration and donation info.