On April 21, more than 2,000 gathered for the 3rd Annual Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions. The 4-mile and 1-mile walk/run, which starts and ends at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, offers cancer survivors the chance to celebrate the champions in their lives. The event benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James.
OSUCCC Director Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD, and James interim CEO William Farrar, MD, welcomed walkers, runners, survivors and supporters. “In creating this award and establishing the fund, Stefanie and Chris became our champions in our vision of creating a cancer free-world. Each of you is directly supporting us in our fight against cancer,” Farrar said.
Event chair Chris Spielman and emcees Maddie Spielman and Matt McCoy continued the presentation, introducing the 2018 Champions before the race started. Said Farrar, “Stefanie left an incredible legacy to carry on and has remained an inspiration to many cancer survivors and caregivers. We share her words often, ‘Continue to fight. Continue to live.’”
Participants Raise Needed Funds for Breast Cancer Detection Equipment
Contrast Mammography increases the accuracy of breast cancer detection by using a drug to highlight areas where cancers are growing. A sophisticated medical device called an Auto-Injector accompanies the Contrast Mammography machine, injecting the contrast media into patients safely, accurately and efficiently.
Through a text-to-donate campaign at this year’s Step Up event, supporters raised nearly $10,000 to purchase an Auto-Injector for the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. This tool, used by specialized radiologists, will increase the accuracy of breast cancer detection.