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“Pink Out” game brings breast cancer awareness to the Shoe

Jordan Rasp, a fourth-year psychology major and Emily Clausing, a second-year neuroscience major, sell pink-out t-shirts on the South Oval. Credit: Zach Steiner | Lantern Reporter

When the name “Spielman” sounded throughout Ohio Stadium in the late 1980s, it was for Ohio State’s All-American linebacker Chris Spielman.

Times have changed, however, and those in attendance at Ohio State’s Pink Out game this Saturday will hear a different Spielman’s name.

Stefanie Spielman died in November 2009 after battling breast cancer. Since then, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research has been raising money to find a cure, and a student organization at Ohio State is helping lead the charge.

Pink Out at Ohio State is a nonprofit student organization on campus that raises breast cancer awareness across the university and hosts fundraisers to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund, with its biggest event being “Pink Out the Shoe.”

“The goal of Pink Out is to create awareness on campus and also to raise funds because all college students have been impacted by breast cancer one way or another,” said Nancy Fisher, adviser of Pink Out at Ohio State.

The members of Pink Out at Ohio State want to do anything they can to be involved in the fight against breast cancer, said Emily Clausing, a Pink Out member and second-year in neuroscience.

“It is something everyone cares about because it is so prevalent,” Clausing said. “You want to do anything you can on any level and be a part of helping the greater good.”

Since the founding of Pink Out at Ohio State 11 years ago, the organization has been able to raise around $14,000 each year by selling pink shirts in the week preceding the “Pink Out the Shoe” game.

The organization, which started with the goal of raising $250,000, has recently surpassed $22 million in its 20th year.

Madison Spielman, daughter of Chris and Stefanie Spielman, said her parents “came up with an initial plan” to make the battle against breast cancer public and “to use their position in the spotlight to show people that they are not alone.” They felt it was a battle that should not to be fought alone, but with those around them who face a similar opponent.

Madison Spielman said that individuals fighting breast cancer can be weighed down by the consequences of the disease, but the goal of the “Pink Out the Shoe” is to provide people with a feeling of support from the sea of pink around them.

“It is one thing to hear someone is with you, but to see that sea of pink knowing they have that support,” Madison Spielman said. “Through that visual, I think it is going to be a powerful thing.”

Stefanie Spielman’s goal all along was to never let breast cancer get the best of her. Madison Spielman said no matter how bad things got, her mother always wanted to keep moving forward.

Madison Spielman said breast cancer has tragically taken the lives of many, but her family remains optimistic about the future.

“I wholeheartedly believe that we will find a cure for cancer in my lifetime, but not as individuals,” Spielman said. “I think as a united front is the only way to do it.”

9 comments

  1. Adrienne Maltese

    I am a huge OSU football fan and had donated during the Stephanie/Chris Spielman era.
    How can I get a couple of these shirts?

    Thanks,

    Adrienne Maltese
    NJ FAN

    • Hi! My name is Allison and I am with PinkOut. We are selling tomorrow outside of Scott Traditions at Town Square tomorrow 8am-5pm and Saturday the day of the game on the oval outside of the Thompson library.

  2. How can I get a couple of Therese shirts before the game this weekend?

    • Is there any way I can still get a T-shirt. We were at the game but didn’t know at the time where to get one. It was my grandsons 21st birthday would be a great to get him one with the date of his birthday on it as a memory for him. His great grandma is a survivor also. Of course I would pay to have it shipped with a donation also. I would be very grateful if you could do this. Thank you

  3. Pink Out at Ohio State will be selling shirts on campus leading up to the game and then also on Saturday around the stadium!

  4. Do you have times/locations where they will be sold? I walked around The Oval today in hopes of finding the shirts on sale, no one selling there.

  5. Michelle S Babbs

    Will they be selling them at The Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, this week?

  6. Can you drop off or mail the shirt to me?

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