Ohio State Recognizes Cancer "Champions" at Annual Step Up for Stefanie Run/Walk

April 20, 2018
2018 Stefanies Champions

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four individuals who have demonstrated unmatched support for patients during their cancer treatment and recovery will receive the Champions Award as part of the Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions event, an honor bestowed annually by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

The award program coincides with the Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions run/walk, a family-friendly community event that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The event includes four-mile and one-mile routes that begin and conclude at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, located at 1145 Olentangy River Rd.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. Individual and team registration is available and can be made at spielmanfund.com. The fund has generated more than $22 million to support breast cancer patients and research at The OSUCCC – James.

Champion Award Criteria, Nomination Process

Established in 2000 by former OSUCCC – James patient Stefanie Spielman and her husband, Chris Spielman, the Champions award honors those whose dedication and strength were powerful influences in the lives of cancer survivors. The first “Champion” award was given by Stefanie to Chris, who put his professional football career on hold to care for her throughout her experience with breast cancer.

Champions can be nominated by any cancer survivor, regardless of whether they received treatment at the OSUCCC – James. Honorees are selected by a national award committee made up of business/community leaders, patients and faculty at the OSUCCC – James.

2018 Honorees

This year’s honorees include:

Aiping Shao, who supported her daughter Sherry Wang, through the emotional and physical ups and downs of a ovarian cancer diagnosis.

David Michitti, who helped navigate his family through the joy of the birth of their fourth child and his wife, Blache’s, simultaneous breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Elizabeth Moore, a 17-year-old nursing student who cared for her mother, Kristin, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rob Messinger, whose compassion, sympathy and empathy were invaluable during Aly DeAngelo’s recovery from breast cancer and helped their four-year-old son not be afraid.

To learn more about the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, visit cancer.osu.edu.

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Amanda J. Harper
OSUCCC – James Media Relations

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