The Illumination of Sharsheret
While I have worked with and been connected to Sharsheret prior to this internship, this summer opportunity has allowed me to gain a unique type of appreciation for the organization. My mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor who is now a dedicated member of the Sharsheret team. Despite having gone through a terrifying experience, my mother continues to be an optimistic and compassionate woman who supports others dealing with a struggle she knows too well. While she has physically overcome cancer, she has also transcended cancer in a metaphysical sense. After interning at Sharsheret and working with the amazing staff and volunteers, I realize that it is this same type of transcendence that enables Sharsheret to be a strong support system for so many people. While there are certainly depressing aspects of being a “cancer organization,” Sharsheret creates an atmosphere full of warmth and passion.
The project which I am currently working on has especially allowed me to witness this kind of passion. This week, I have been recording various Sharsheret volunteers in Los Angeles (who are also team captains for the upcoming “West Coast Dash”) as they talk about why Sharsheret is meaningful to them. The recordings will eventually be combined and turned into a campaign video to publicize the West Coast Dash. Ultimately, I hope this project helps demonstrate the way in which Sharsheret works tirelessly to illuminate the lives of so many people who are facing dark times.