The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) honored the recipients of the 14th annual Stefanie's Champions awards at an awards luncheon on April 10, in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union.
Among the honorees was Shannon Peterson of Upper Arlington, who received the 2013 Champion of Hope Award.
This is only the second time that the newly introduced Champion of Hope has been awarded. The Champion of Hope honors those who selflessly give their time, energy and commitment to help the cancer community while furthering the mission of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC -- James.
Peterson is a member of the Solicitation Committee of Stefanie's Champions, and a board member of Strong Hearts, a non-profit created by the Spielmans that provides support and programs for caregivers. She also organizes several fundraising events that benefit the Spielman Fund.
In addition, she founded Stefanie's Team of Hope peloton, which to date has raised more than $830,000.
Stefanie's Champions annually honors those whose dedication and strength were powerful influences in the lives of cancer survivors.
Stefanie Spielman's own Champion was her husband, OSU and NFL football great Chris Spielman, who put his professional football career on hold to care for her throughout her breast cancer battle. To show her gratitude, Stefanie Spielman gave her husband the first Champion award in 2000.
Champions are nominated by cancer survivors. Each Champion exemplifies the qualities and values that were important to the Spielmans, including placing families first, and putting a patient's battle with cancer above all other personal needs.
For more information about Stefanie's Champions, visit cancer.osu.edu and search Stefanie's Champions.