Stefanie Spielman loses battle with cancer at 42
Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:03 PM
Stefanie Spielman has lost the cancer battle she fought publicly and relentlessly for more than a decade.
The breast-cancer advocate and wife of former football star Chris Spielman died this evening at her Upper Arlington home in the wake of her fifth bout with the disease. The mother of four was 42.
Considering it her life mission to raise money and awareness for the disease, Spielman in 1998 established the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
"I know there's a reason God gave me breast cancer, and I'm supposed to do something with it," she said that year.
As she shared her story throughout central Ohio, her fund raised more than $6.5 million for breast-cancer research, education and patient assistance at Ohio State University's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.