Fighting For A Cure For Breast Cancer


Photo: Chris Spielman

Chris Spielman has written a new book about his legacy... The twist? It's his wife instead of football.



Chris Spielman will tell you he had two loves: football and his wife, Stefanie. When the fates intervened and forced him to choose between his NFL career on the field and the care of his wife after her diagnosis of cancer, he found another part of himself. On this hour of “All Sides,” we’ll talk to Spielman about his legacy.


  • Chris Spielman (author and ESPN college football analyst)

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Click here for more information on Spielman’s book, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”


The Columbus Metropolitan Club is hosting “Tackling Breast Cancer: An Afternoon with Chris Spielman” with Tim May of “The Columbus Dispatch” on Weds., April 18 from noon – 1:15 p.m. at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad Street.

The Barnes & Noble at The Ohio State University will be hosting a book signing on Sat., April 21 from 10:30 p.m. – noon on 1598 N. High Street.

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  • Leslie

    HI Chris,
    When I met you and Stefanie for the first time back in 2001, I was in awe (though I have to admit that I did not know who you were when you came to our clinic for the first time in 01/2001).  You both were a joy to be around and I loved taking care of Stefanie while she received chemotherapy at the Outpatient Breast Care Center in Dublin.  I admire your perseverence in finding a cure for breast cancer, the very difficult questions that you often asked me, sharing your faith, your love, and your kindness.  I enjoyed spending time in chemo with you, getting to know you, Stef, and your family.  You both could have been very private with your journey and your fight to cure Stef of this horrible disease but you both chose to fight it in the public eye.  I admire you for that as you have helped many of our patients near and far.  I miss both of you and think of you often.  I am glad that you are on this broadcast, spreading your faith, understanding, and your time to find a cure for breast cancer.  I am looking forward to reading your book.  My sister called me to let me know that you were on the radio.  I missed the beginning of the interview but was tuned in until the end.  Keep on fighting, thank you and I hope that some day, I am “out of a job” because there are no more people diagnosed with cancer for me to treat. 
    Fondly, Leslie Dunlea RN (Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center)

  • Denise Eckenrode Geminden

    Denise Eckenrode Geminden
    Hello Chris,
    I dont know if you will remember me but Stephanie would of.  I am a graduate of Jackson High School and I was involved in cheerleading with Stephanie.  My brother actually graduated with her.  I was a year younger than her.  I always looked up to Stephanie in high school as a cheerleader and as a person. My family was and has always been Massillon Tiger fans. They followed you throughout your football career. When you played for Massillon you were at my house with a few of your teammates and where basically part of our family. It was along time ago and you may and may not remember. However, I was diagnosed with basically the same breast cancer situation as Stephanie on March 9, 2012, and have been lost, scared, and overwhelmed since then. I thought maybe I could speak with you and you could give me some guidance and/or advice as Stephanie and you were a part of my life growing up and obviously now as I am going through this journey.  My email address is