Too often in the realm of sport we talk about fortitude, courage, and toughness as if the participants aren't just playing a kids game, as if there's really anything meaningful on the line, as if (win or lose) they aren't going to collect a ludicrous paycheck, hop into an Escalade, and cruise to a plush estate at the end of the day. True fortitude is composed of something else. True courage is born when everything is on the line. True toughness arises amidst years of trial and turmoil. These things we could attribute all to Stefanie Spielman, who went toe to toe with cancer on five separate occasions, and who passed recently at the age of 42 having battled the disease for well over a decade. But that's hardly the whole tale. It began as an All-American love story, when in high school, a ...
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