After five cancer diagnoses, Stefanie Spielman, and her family, became intimately familiar with the pervasive sense of uncertainty that characterizes the journey with cancer. This journey is the motivation behind our efforts at Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate (SCLT), to provide the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center (SSCBC) with the latest advancements in breast cancer treatment and survivorship.
We are pleased to announce that the SCLT 2013 tailgate raised enough funds for the SSCBC to purchase an ultrasound machine that shortens that critical wait time for patients.
Your support of the 2013 Tailgate raised the money necessary to purchase an ultrasound machine than can give doctors the critical data they need to determine if a biopsy is necessary.
. When cancer is present, the ultrasound helps doctors find the cancer in its earliest stages.
We are pleased to say that this ultrasound machine is already in use at the SSCBC, allowing them the potential to see an additional 1700 patients or more per year.
“At the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, our philosophy is to provide patients with as much information as possible during their visit to our facility. Patients and their families are then able to make informed decisions and contribute to establishing their unique plan of care. The ultrasound machine donated by Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate has directly increased our capacity by at least 7 ultrasound exams each day. Furthermore, it offers the latest technology to help our experts rule out breast cancer or tell us that a biopsy is necessary. Community support, such as the extreme generosity we receive from the Tailgate, is increasingly important to us as we grapple with both diminished research funding from the National Cancer Institute and increased cost pressures. Please accept my personal thanks, as well as a thank you from our entire team and our many patients and families who are so grateful for your ongoing contributions!” Dr. William B. Farrar, the director of the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
For more information, watch this WBNS 10TV interview with Dr. William Farrar, the director of the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.
Your support of this year’s tailgate will help us continue our support to the SSCBC as we unite to carry on Stef’s tradition of embracing family and friends. You can donate to the SCLT here, and buy tickets for the event here.