“Making a Difference” (an excerpt from the 2015 Legacy Magazine)
I never wanted to be a cancer advocate, I never wanted to see my wife fight breast cancer and I never wanted to see my kids watch this disease take their mother. It wasn’t a choice; it was thrust upon me and my family, and I don’t know why… I’ll never know why. However, what I do know is something important Stefanie taught me, and I carry this with me every day: I was called to serve a greater purpose, to raise awareness and support to fight this terrible disease.
From the day Stef was diagnosed in 1998, my life became something more. I wasn’t just a football player or a husband or a father. I was suddenly a caregiver, a fundraiser and a cancer spokesperson. In the beginning I had no clue what I was doing, but I stepped up and accepted a challenge, and I’m still accepting that challenge. This life path has been heartbreaking, rejoicing, challenging, exhausting and thrilling—a complete mixture of emotions. But all of it has been incredibly rewarding.
I am thrilled every time I hear about a new cancer breakthrough, excited to see survivors beating this disease, and extremely proud when I see my kids stand up and accept a check or donation from a wonderful supporter helping to carry on Stef’s legacy through the Spielman Fund.
I believe that what you give will grow, and what you keep you’ll lose. I’ve seen this simple principle in action through the tremendous outpouring of charitable giving from our community and beyond. I’m continually humbled by the generosity people show the Spielman Fund every day. I thank you for joining me in this fight and for making difference.