Who is your Champion?

Stefanie Spielman was a great friend to Komen Columbus, and we are proud and honored to help carry on her legacy through the  “Stefanie’s Champions” organization. Stefanie found her Champion in her husband, Chris, who went above and beyond his role as husband to care for her throughout her battle with cancer. They established Stefanie’s Champions to recognize one of the most critical factors in surviving cancer: loving, unwavering support. To show her gratitude, Stefanie gave Chris the first Champion award in 1999.

Stefanie and her family crossing the finish line at the 2009 Race for the Cure.

Though Stefanie’s battle ended in 2009, Stefanie’s Champions continues her legacy by honoring those whose dedication and strength are powerful influences in the lives of cancer survivors. It was her hope that every survivor could name someone who stood by them, gave them courage and helped them through.

Nominate your champion today at www.spielmanfund.com. Nominations are due by January 15, 2011. Each award recipient should exemplify the qualities and values that the Spielman family holds to be important:

  • putting families first;
  • demonstrating acts of kindness and dedication to a cancer patient; and
  • elevating a patient’s battle with cancer above all other personal needs.

Mark your calendars now for the 2011 Stefanie’s Champions Awards Luncheon, where up to six Champions will be honored on April 13, 2011. The event will take in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at The Ohio Union and benefits The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Patient Assistance at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.