The Official 2014 T-Shirts Are Here!

By: Susan Owens, 06/20/2014

Just in time for summer’s picnics, the official Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate T-Shirts are now available for order. The dark gray t-shirts have the Jeremiah 29:11 Scripture quote on the front.

The back of the t-shirt features the Chris Spielman’s quote, “Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we fight.”

Order your t-shirt here.

2014 Tailgate Will Target Pivotal Breast Cancer Treament

By: Susan Owens, 03/21/2014


The 2014 Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate (SCLT) will be no exception in our efforts to roll up our sleeves to bring in the needed funds to support the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center (SSCBC) to understand, treat and cure breast cancer.  The 2014 SCLT will take place on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 (click here for tickets) during the OSU vs Kent State football game, and we hope to raise more than $100,000. These funds will be used to provide the SSCBC with a Prone Breast Radiation Therapy Board. Providing this vital breast cancer treatment tool to the SSCBC will make this one of only two Prone Breast Radiation Boards in use in Ohio.

A Prone Breast Radiation Board is an extremely critical tool in ensuring that radiation is targeted to a precise area, lessening the chance for radiation to reach the heart and lungs.  The open design of this board provides full access and visibility to the breast, allowing targeted treatment from multiple angles. The purchase of this prone board continues our success of purchasing innovative equipment for the SSCBC.
“The prone board improves the targeting of the radiation therapy we can offer many patients and makes it safer by reducing exposure to the heart and lung. These benefits enable us to offer treatment approaches that preserve the breast to more women with early cancers. We know that no cancer is routine and targeted therapies like these improve the outcomes for patients in our care. Our expertise and experience in prone therapy is another reason that the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center at the OSUCCC – James is uniquely positioned in the greater Central Ohio region.”

Julia White MD
Vice Chair of Clinical Research
Director of Breast Radiation Oncology
Klotz Chair for Cancer Research
The James, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center.


In 2013, the SCLT tailgate funds allowed us to provide the SSCBC with an ultrasound machine that brings care to an additional 1800 patients or more per year

In 2012, the SCLT tailgate funds brought a Digital Tomosynthesis Machine to the SSCBC, which creates a 3-dimensional picture of the breast and aids in breast cancer detection.

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.


2013 Tailgate Results Shortens Critical Wait Time To Many

By: Susan Owens,

2013tailgateAfter 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.