NFL Player Chris Spielman's Wife Dies of Cancer

The wife of former NFL player Chris Spielman died yesterday after almost twelve years of battling breast cancer on and off

by Dena Afrasiabi

Stefanie Spielman, wife of former NFL player Chris Spielman passed away yesterday at age 42 after battling cancer for nearly 12 years. Spielman was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30 and fought four battles with the disease before succumbing to the final battle. After her first diagnosis, she became a breast cancer advocate. She and her husband established the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and the Stefanie Spielman Patient Assistance Fund at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center which helped raise a total of $6.5 for breast cancer research and provided funds for breast cancer patients struggling with financial difficulties.

She formed a support group for young women with cancer, raised funds to provide assistance for financially struggling cancer patients and was inducted to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2002 for her advocacy work. After his wife's diagnosis, Chris Spielman gave up football for a year to stay home with his wife and even shaved his head after she lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy treatments. When an injury left him momentarily paralyzed, Chris Spielman retired from playing football altogether after ten years of playing with the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions. In addition to her husband, Stefanie Spielman is also survived by their four children: Madison, Noah, Macy and Audrey.