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There are certain moments in life that you can forever replay in your mind as if they just happened. One of these was the moment I found out my mother had cancer. I was nine years old and until then the only knowledge I had of the word “cancer” was from family members who had lost their battles. So many memories started in that one moment and spanned over the next few years including chemo visits, surgeries and the night my mom shaved her head. From that one moment grew a feeling that existed in my house during the time my mother was ill – a feeling that was present while she fought each battle and won the war to become the first survivor in our family.
My mother was 33 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, I was nine, my brother was three and my sister was one. Although I had some understanding of what was going on, my siblings were too young to comprehend why mommy couldn’t do certain things. We were a very young family whose time was filled with school, learning to walk and planning an upsherin (Jewish haircutting ceremony). But each day, no matter how sick or sore my mother felt, she showered, put on clothes and make-up and was ready to greet us when we came home from school. She talked to me about my day and sat at the dinner table. I think it was only years later as a teen looking at an old picture that it really dawned on me how sick my mother had been. Back then there was no Sharsheret to connect with peers going through what we were going through or help families talk to their children about breast cancer. When I learned about Sharsheret, my first thought was “Wow, these survivors and families have each other! What a gift.”
When I found the “Run Like A Diva 5K Race” I decided to do it with Team Sharsheret. I wanted to do it for all the kids who are trying to understand what their mommies are going through and for all the mommies who are showering and putting on make-up before their kids get home.
As always we plan and Gd laughs. About a month into my training I found out I was pregnant. I thought “I've never even run 3 miles so how am I going to do it 5 months pregnant?” Then I just laughed at myself. If the whole point of doing this run was to honor my mother's strength and that of other survivors there was NO WAY I was not going to do a simple 3 mile run.
So on November 3rd, one week after the 20th anniversary of my mother's mastectomy, I ran 3 miles as the mother of three children and five months pregnant with my fourth. I raised $1,400 for Sharsheret in honor of everyone affected by breast cancer but especially my mother who never let us know how sick she really was and taught me what it means to be a survivor. I am proud to support Sharsheret who makes it possible to no longer have to fight the war alone.
Meet our incredible Team Sharsheret athletes who will be running the ING NYC Marathon on Sunday. Click on each athlete’s name to read their stories and find out why they joined Team Sharsheret!
Meet our incredible Team Sharsheret athletes who will be running the NYC Half-Marathon and the Germantown, TN Half-Marathon on Sunday, March 17th. Click on each athlete’s name to read their stories and find out why they joined Team Sharsheret!
I had always told myself when I was deciding to run a marathon that I want it to be something more than a race, more than just training to run 26.2 miles. I wanted to use this opportunity to help others. By doing this it would give my running more meaning. There are many reasons why I wanted to raise money for Sharsheret in particular. Recently I ran my third ½ marathon with my friend Ethan Wasserman. Ethan lost his first wife to breast cancer. She was in her early thirties when she died not long after having her second child. I will always remember how giving Michelle Daman Wasserman was. I remember standing by her graveside and telling myself that it is important to keep a part of her character alive inside of me. She had a way of touching the people around her. October will be the seven year anniversary of her passing and I can think of no better way of celebrating who she was by raising money for an organization that was there for her. The best part I am not alone. I will be running the marathon side by side with Ethan as we both raise money for Sharsheret.
Another reason I want to raise money for Sharsheret is that I recognized how important it is to get support when you are a young Jewish woman fighting breast cancer. One of my inspirations for running is my sister. Often on long training runs when I feel like giving up, I think of how much will power she has demonstrated in her fight against breast cancer. I have seen how having supportive people around her who she can turn to for help has made a big difference in her journey. Luckily things have been going well, but it is still a struggle.
The last reason why I run and raise money is because I know too much. Being a pediatrician I have seen how breast cancer can affect families, especially children. With my medical background I understand what it means to have a family history of breast cancer. I have four dear daughters and breast cancer runs in my family.
I know I am not special. Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer, whether it is a family member, friend or co-worker. Even though I may not be special, sometimes ordinary people can do amazing things. So I hope to do two, run the New York City Marathon and raise money for Sharsheret. It is my turn to give back.
In 2011, I had the privilege of participating in the NYC Triathlon for Team Sharsheret. The personal sense of physical accomplishment of this event, my ﬁrst Olympic distance triathlon, was eclipsed by the knowledge that everyone on Team Sharsheret, and their generous sponsors contributed their time, resources, sweat and emotion to such a vital cause. In doing so, they made a lasting difference to so many people.
Sharsheret’s mission is to give support to women and their families who are facing breast and ovarian cancer. This year I decided to up the ante combine two grueling races to support the women and families Sharsheret helps. I will compete as part of Team Sharsheret on September 9th, in the Tough-Man Half Ironman race in Westchester,
NY and on November 4th I will run the ING NYC Marathon.
I look at it this way; what these mothers, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters and sisters endure during their ﬁght is way more than the pain of any race.
Every mile of both these races will be infused with the knowledge that we are all making a tangible difference. That we are giving comfort to a mother of young children, advice to a father whose wife is in physical and emotional pain, inspiration to family members and encouraging all who are affected by breast and ovarian cancer.
Please join me in making a difference to the husbands, children, parents, siblings and friends whose, mother, daughter, sister, or granddaughter is facing the ﬁght of their life. Please join me in creating awareness so people know the great things Sharsheret does for so many. Please join me in the race so that we do not run in memory of but in honor of...
On behalf of the women and families that Sharsheret helps and my team mates, thank you
for your generous contribution.
Congratulations to Team Sharsheret's first Ironman athletes, who took on an enormous challenge last weekend at the U.S. Ironman Championship NY/NJ. Our amazing athletes completed a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run! We are so proud of their personal accomplishments and grateful for their incredible efforts in raising awareness about Sharsheret's programs and services.
Do you or someone you know want to swim, bike, and run with Team Sharsheret? We have slots for the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon on July 14, 2013! Join us for a 1,500 meter swim in the Hudson River, 40k bike ride on the West Side Highway, and 10k run through Central Park to the finish line. E-mail email@example.com for more information and to get your slot today.
Tammy Bryk, a beloved client and friend told me about Sharsheret, an organization supporting young Jewish women and their families of all backgrounds, facing breast cancer. This year Sharsheret offered coveted spots for the first ever 2012 Ironman US Championship NY/NJ race. Instead of securing my own slot, I have chosen to join Team Sharsheret and make what I love to do more meaningful - RACING while raising money to help others. I listened to Tammy, a committed Sharsheret volunteer, because she is a constant inspiration to me. Together, Tammy and I successfully completed the 2010 ING Miami Marathon. When I think of her energy and enthusiasm I am motivated to keep pushing even harder.
Over the past 16 years I have primarily raced outside of NY. I've done the 2010 Ironman in Canada, 2008 Ironman Kentucky, and 7 other triathlons. I've ran 17 marathons in the United States, Canada,South America and Europe. I plan on competing in marathons in Detroit, Michigan, in Hamburg, Germany, and Tel Aviv, Israel. I'm most interested in the Ironman US Championship NY/NJ so that my supporters can come out and watch me race and put Chi Running, the running method that I teach to clients all around the world to practice, for all to see.
Please support me by adopting at least a mile of the swimming, biking and running that I must complete for the 2012 Ironman US Championship NY/NJ. Help me reach each of the 140.6 miles and reach my personal goal of raising $14,060 to support Sharsheret’s programs and services that they provide at no cost to thousands reaching out to Sharsheret for support. Any and all donations are much appreciated.
It is an absolute honor to be a part of Team Sharsheret. Rochelle Shoretz is a former colleague, friend, and truly inspirational person. Sharsheret’s selfless commitment to helping those in need is amazing and I couldn’t think of a better organization to race for!
Every year I make challenges not resolutions. This was the year that the ironman adventure became a reality. Ever since my brother competed in his first ironman in China in 2009, I have wanted to emulate his example. We normally compete together as a team and we spur each other on. However, this year he will be cheering me on from the sidelines. I’m so excited even though this will not be easy, but challenges are not suppose to be easy, right?
In the last two years I have done 3 marathons, 1 100K ultra marathon, 1 tough mudder competition and other adventure races. This competition will bring a new chapter in my extreme sports experience.
Being raised in the northern part of Sweden I was never taught how to swim freestyle. So to improve, I have been taking crash courses in swimming. Added to that I spent most of my childhood riding horses and competeing in show jumping. The learning curve has been steep thus far.
I look forward to competing in Team Sharsheret’s colors. Please support my efforts to get to the finish and contribute to Sharsheret’s programs and services.
I am a granddaughter of a woman with breast-cancer, a friend of women with breast-cancer, a step-daughter of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, and a woman with her own history of biopsies and breast-cancer scares. Women's cancers have touched so many people in my life. This year, with the help of Team Sharsheret and in honor of all of those women, I will take on one of the greatest challenges of my life.
I competed in my first triathlon over 20 years ago. Since then, I've competed in sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons, as well as everything from 5k's to trail races on snow, to half-marathons, to bike road races, and everything in between. This summer, I am undertaking my next great challenge to compete in my first US Ironman Championship and on behalf of Team Sharsheret. Training, preparing and completing the race as part of Team Sharsheret makes this endeavor a significantly more meaningful experience.
I hope you will join me in supporting Sharsheret in honor of both the women you love, as well as the women you don't even know, but who are touched by Sharsheret's vital programs.
Just two more days until we hit the West Side Highway, the Hudson, and Central Park for the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon. Months of training, awareness-raising, and fundraising will culminate at the finish line. You’ve accomplished so much already – and our work together has only just begun! As Team Sharsheret athletes, you have become ambassadors for the work that we do – supporting families, educating communities, enhancing the care that medical providers offer their young cancer patients.
This year, we debuted a short film, “It Takes a Team”, that features our incredible athletes. Although it may not really take a team to finish the triathlon, it certainly does take a team to do all that Sharsheret does. We reach more women because of the awareness you raise. We launch more programs because of the funds you raise. Sharsheret is the product of all of our efforts.
So when you cross that finish line on Sunday, we’ll be cheering you on – for what you’ve accomplished already, and for what we will continue to do together in the months and years ahead!
Have a great race!
Good Luck To Team Sharsheret Athletes Participating In Races This March!
Tomorrow, two of you - our incredible athletes - will compete in the Jerusalem Marathon, marking Team Sharsheret’s participation for the first time in the Israel race. This very same week, we’ll cheer another 22 of you - our Half-Marathon athletes - to the finish line in New York City. Sharsheret has gone global, with supporters and athletes heralding from more than 12 countries, and participation in two international competitions in just one month.
Breast cancer is a Jewish community issue worldwide, with 1 in 40 Jews of Ashkenazi descent carrying a gene mutation that may increase the likelihood of developing hereditary breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and related cancers. You carry that critical message with you as you race in support of Jewish women and families this week. Your hot pink Team Sharsheret gear is not just a show stopper – it’s the show itself, a display of solidarity with our community of families at risk of or diagnosed with a disease that touches virtually every Jewish family.
This year, ours is a global message – one that will make its way around the walls of Jerusalem and through the streets of the Big Apple. With your support, and the critical dollars you’ve raised, we’ll continue to carry the message near and far. And in the years ahead, we know that wherever in the world you may walk or run, you’ll be sharing Sharsheret with those whose lives you touch.
With deep gratitude,
© 2014 Sharsheret: Your Jewish Community Facing Breast Cancer
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