Pink Smiles campaign uses braces to fundraise for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
Fighting cancer is a cause that draws lots of corporate support in central Ohio as demonstrated by August's broad-based involvement in Pelotonia. The annual cycling fundraiser raised more than $16 million this year and is taking contributions through Oct. 6.
Next up is October's national designation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which will see the likes of pink bagels and other initiatives.
For the Hutta brothers' orthodontic practices in Worthington, Westerville, Gahanna and Dublin, October is a month-long opportunity to raise money for 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.
James T. Hutta Orthodontics started the Pink Smiles campaign in 2015, donating $5 to the Spielman fund for each patient who requests pink bands for their braces in October. His brother, J. Lawrence Hutta, joined the campaign last year in his practice, Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics. Hutta & Cook Orthodontics, with orthodontist Brandon Cook, is on board as well.
Last year's campaign was especially meaningful for Audrey Spielman, one of the patients at Hutta & Cook. She was proud to tack up a heart on the office's Pink Smiles poster in honor of her late mother, Stefanie.
Stefanie Spielman created the fund with husband, Chris, at OSU to fight breast cancer before she succumbed to the disease after a 10-year battle in 2009.