NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Durango Boot, a division of Rocky Brands, Inc., continues its ongoing support of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) with a $10,098 donation to the organization’s fund to help improve treatment, advance patient care and ultimately, to find a breast cancer cure. One hundred percent of the dollars donated to the Spielman Fund support this life-saving work. To date, Durango has donated $72,606 to the organization through sales of the brand’s Pink Ribbon Lady Rebel boot.
“Durango is proud to support the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research for breast cancer patients,” said Erin DeLong, marketing manager. “Our hope is that our contributions can make a difference to those currently in the fight against breast cancer, while researchers at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, right here in our home state, are working to find a cure.”
For each pair of Durango’s Pink Ribbon Lady Rebel western boots sold, the brand donates $2 to the Spielman Fund. The boot features a translucent rubber graphic outsole with a pink ribbon graphic, a symbol for breast cancer awareness and support for those who have been affected by the disease. The boots are extremely lightweight, constructed with a cushion flex insole, tempered steel shank and rolled shank area. A contoured, ventilated, removable cushion footbed, dual-density rubber outsole and molded EVA midsole ensure maximum comfort for long wear. The boots have a suggested retail price of $149.99.
In 1998, Stefanie Spielman was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30 and lost her battle with the disease in 2009. Stefanie and her husband Chris Spielman, an All-Star linebacker from Massillon Ohio and 11-year NFL player, became advocates for the fight against breast cancer, founding the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research in 1998. The foundation has raised more than $20 million to support research at the OSUCCC – James.
“’I am grateful for the continued support from Rocky Brands,” said Chris Spielman. “These funds allow us to assist breast cancer patients and their families while we seek breakthroughs in cancer treatments. Partners like Durango help our foundation continue Stefanie’s legacy of hope.”
To learn more about the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Patient Assistance, visit www.spielmanfund.com.
About The OSUCCC – James
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs. As the cancer program’s 306-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. At 21 floors with more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. For more information, please visit cancer.osu.edu.
Founded in 1966 Durango Boot® manufactures and markets quality-crafted western and fashion footwear for men, women and children. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. For more information visit www.durangoboot.com