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6397-One Book / One Community kicks off with an evening with Chris Spielman at Malone University

6397-September 11, 2012

The 2012 One Book One Community series of events will kick off with an evening with Chris Spielman at Malone University Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. Spielman's appearance is in conjunction with this year's community read, That's Why I'm Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story – a personal account of the couple's courageous journey as they navigated Stefanie's battle with breast cancer. There will be a special autograph session beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Chris Spielman was a high school and Ohio State football legend and a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, but he didn't tackle his toughest opponent until his playing career was almost over. In 1998 his wife Stefanie was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so began an 11-year journey that brought joy and suffering to the Spielmans, as well as hope and inspiration to thousands of others. In That's Why I'm Here, Spielman traces his storied career, recalls his courtship of Stefanie Belcher, cherishes the growth of their four children and invokes the deep spiritual faith that gave their family wisdom and comfort in times of struggle. Though there are plenty of on-the-field tales in the book, it's not just for football fans. It's for people whose lives have been touched by cancer, for people whose own faith has wavered, for people who want to meet a woman of tremendous beauty, grace and strength. Though Stefanie passed away on Nov. 19, 2009, her memory and inspiration live on. With laughter and tears, joy and heartbreak, this book lets you know her spirit is still here.

Chris and Stefanie Spielman have four children, Madison, Noah, Macy and Audrey. Stefanie Spielman survived four bouts with breast cancer. Both she and her husband were active in raising funds for breast cancer research. Ultimately, however, she died on November 19, 2009, after the disease returned for the fifth time. While undergoing treatment Stefanie had lost her hair, at which time Chris voluntarily shaved his head in solidarity with his wife.The Spielman family resides in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus.

His elder brother is the current Minnesota Vikings' general manager, Rick Spielman.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424