Susan G. Komen WalkFootball great Chris Spielman is known across the Midwest for his outstanding athletic career. A college All American linebacker at Ohio State and a captain of the Detroit Lions’ defensive team in the 1990s, Spielman set the Lion’s team record for career tackles. He also earned the team’s defensive player MVP in 1993 and 1994. Today Spielman no longer spends Sundays on the gridiron. He’s the color commentator for ESPN’s college football broadcasts. Nonetheless, after building his career as the Midwest’s football defensive warrior, Spielman continues fighting a personal opponent.

In 1998 Spielman’s wife Stephanie contracted breast cancer. Chris put his football career on hold to care for her and their four children while she underwent aggressive cancer treatments. Before she surrendered to the disease in 2009, Chris and Stephanie founded the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. To date, their philanthropic endeavor has contributed more than $10 million dollars for cancer research to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.