Sharsheret Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half Set for Sunday, March 18

Sharsheret Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half Set for Sunday, March 18

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New York, December 18, 2017 — Sharsheret was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half, it was announced today by Sharsheret’s Director of Campus and Community Engagement Ellen Kleinhaus. The race, which will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018, will have an expanded field with an expected 22,500 runners and will feature a completely redesigned course taking runners on a 13.1 mile tour of iconic city landmarks beginning in Brooklyn and finishing in Central Park in Manhattan.

“We are thrilled to partner with the United Airlines NYC Half, which gives Sharsheret the ability to raise funds and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer,” said Ellen Kleinhaus. “We look forward to having a dedicated team of runners take on the United Airlines NYC Half on behalf of our organization—training, preparing, and ultimately completing the 13.1-mile race for a cause that is both meaningful and close to each and every one of them.”

At the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half, approximately 2,700 runners raised $5M for charity. That number includes a mix of runners who gained entry through one of more than 130 Official Charity Partners, and runners who used their own entry and raised funds for either an Official Charity Partner or another charity of their choice.

Team Sharsheret’s athletic program engages individuals to raise vital health, breast cancer and ovarian cancer awareness in support of Sharsheret’s national programs. Team participants surround themselves with athletes who motivate and inspire them to reach the finish line. As members of our athletic program they support our goal that no Jewish woman or family should face cancer alone. For more information, and to apply for your Team Sharsheret slot, please email [email protected] with your name, phone number, and a brief description of yourself and why you want to join Team Sharsheret.

“We are proud to welcome Sharsheret as an official charity partner of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half,” said Christine Burke, vice president of runner products and services for New York Road Runners. “Our charity partners are an integral part of the United Airlines NYC Half and provide thousands of runners dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those in need an opportunity to add meaning to their miles.”

For the fourth consecutive year in Times Square, the Rising New York Road Runners at the United Airlines NYC Half kids run, will take place featuring 1,000 students from NYRR’s free youth fitness programs. The 1500-meter out-and-back race along Seventh Avenue will occur simultaneously alongside the United Airlines NYC Half route.

The 2017 United Airlines NYC Half saw 19,409 total finishers from all 50 states and 84 countries.

Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer-those who are diagnosed and those at high risk. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. To date, we serve more than 67,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students from all 50 states. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.

As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Sharsheret shapes messaging and programs at the national level. Recognizing Sharsheret as the model for culturally-relevant breast cancer support, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the organization two multi-year grants to develop support programs. Additionally, Sharsheret participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers, including Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.
Sharsheret offers the following national programs:

The Link Program

Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
Busy Box®, for young parents facing breast cancer
Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
Sharsheret SupportsTM, developing local support groups and programs

Education and Outreach Programs

Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
Sharsheret on Campus, outreach and education to students on campus
Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals

About New York Road Runners
Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, youth running initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit