True Endurance

On November 2nd, 2014 I will be competing in the New York City Marathon. But this blog is not about me; it is much bigger.

Since taking on the challenge to race in the New York City Marathon for Team Sharsheret, I have received the utmost support from all over. Of course, my family and close friends have done an amazing job to encourage me. Be that as it may, I have been most humbled when less familiar hands have reached out: previous bosses, a former landlord who is now halfway around the world, and perfect strangers at my local dog park - who knows, maybe even you will after reading this!

This type of experience has illustrated just how widespread the effects of breast cancer and ovarian cancer is in my life. Many people along the way have told me that I am an inspiration to them; however, for me, it is quite the inverse.

In one such instance, the mother of one of my best friends reached out to me after she watched a marathon update video I had posted earlier that day. What she had to say blew my mind. “I had cancer and I had a choice on how I was going to deal with this disease. I did what I had to do…. You don’t have to do this in order to survive and that is what makes you so amazing!”

Wow! She reminds me what true endurance is. Whenever I think about walking a mile in the shoes of someone like her, 26.2 miles doesn’t seem so tough.

Please comment and let me know what you would like me to write about next entry! If you are feeling inspired, you can also visit my donation page here: http://sharsheret.donorpages.com/NYCTCSMarathon2014/DylanMax/

Two Half-Marathons For One Great Cause!

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!



Dana Adler
Cynthia Bernstein
Tamar Blumenthal
Catherine Brown
Idan Elkon
Benito Esquenazi
Aline Friedman
Ed Joyce & Kayla Joyce
Yoni Lazarus
Deb Leipzig
Jennifer Miller
Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
Naomi Robbins
Eitan Prince
Bracha Rutner
Lisa Silvershein
Azadeh Stark
Carrie Okay Veingrad
Renee Wietschner
Marc Waldman
Hillary Wasserman


Aileen Cooper
Daniel Gofman
Shmuel Gordon
Abe Raichman
Betzalel Rosenwasser
Lee Schwartz
Shayna Somer
Shmuel Somer
Moshe Weiser
Ben Younger


A Sponsor's Story

I was sitting shiva after the passing of my father a few months ago when a friend and fellow attorney, Jennifer, stopped by to give her condolences.  While we were catching up, Jennifer mentioned that she volunteers at Sharsheret and was helping to coordinate the organization's team at the Making Strides Walk in New York City on October 21st.  I had heard of Sharsheret and actually had seen a Sharsheret pen in the kitchen “pen drawer” that morning, but I didn't know what the organization did.  Jennifer went on to explain Sharsheret's mission of supporting Jewish women and families facing breast cancer.  I was truly moved by her words and Sharsheret's incredible programs and services and knew that I had to get involved with this amazing organization.  Part of Jennifer's job was to secure corporate sponsorships for Team Sharsheret.  I immediately jumped on board as a Team Champion sponsor.  I am proud to lead Team Sharsheret's 2012-2013 sponsors and look forward to a most successful event this Sunday. 


Team Sharsheret Sponsors

Team Champion

Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Team Guardians


Team Sponsors

Campmor Inc.
EMCO Plumbing
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center & The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center
Geller and Company
Glatt Express Supermarket/Lazy Bean
Shari and Nathan Lindenbaum
Teaneck Radiology Center, LLC

Team Supporters

Lisa Altman Foundation
Marble Dental LLC
Debbie and Michael Blumenthal
Hillel International – Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Baruch College
Michael Strauss Silversmiths
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
The Rocking Chair,  A Women's Wellness Center
The Sixteenth Street Synagogue
Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women

We Did It!

Erica Berthou
Deborah Greenstein
Joel Matalon

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 athletes@sharsheret.org for more information and to get your slot today.

Meet Team Sharsheret US Ironman Triathlon Champion Joel Matalon

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.

Meet Team Sharsheret US Ironman Triathlon Champion Erica Berthou

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.


Meet Team Sharsheret US Ironman Triathlon Champion Deborah Greenstein

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.



Thank You For Sharing Our Worldwide Message

Good Luck To Team Sharsheret Athletes Participating In Races This March!

Dear Athletes,

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,

We think you're our next athlete

"I am proud to run this marathon with Team Sharsheret in honor of those who continue to fight their battle against breast cancer."

- Renana Silverman
  Team Sharsheret 2011 ING NYC Marathon

Do you love working out and want to challenge yourself but don't know where to start?  Are you an aspiring athlete and dream of completing a race, or an experienced athlete who didn't get a slot in a race lottery?  Join Team Sharsheret at one of these upcoming races:

As a member of Team Sharsheret, you'll receive:

  • Race gear
  • Coaching
  • Training courses in the NY metropolitan area 
  • Virtual training for athletes outside of the NY metropolitan area 

We'll also help you design your personal website page for family and friends, and share tips for meeting your personal fundraising goals.  With a dedicated staff member on hand, Sharsheret will help you make this the most meaningful competitive experience of a lifetime. Get started on your wish list and e-mail athletes@sharsheret.org for more information and to join Team Sharsheret today!

Unexpected Twists in the Road – A Message for Team Sharsheret ING NYC Marathon

You’ve been training for months – some of you with Coach Moe, some of you in pairs, others going at it solo.  You found a routine – the time of day you prefer to run, the gear you wear, the route you take.  You set a course and began to feel prepared.  And then, in the middle of October, it snowed.  The power went out in some towns.  The streets were littered with fallen trees.  It became too dark to run in the evening without street lights.  The gear you wore seemed inadequate in freezing temperatures.  The route you ran was blocked off for repairs.

More than any other Team Sharsheret, this year’s ING NYC Marathon team has faced lots of unexpected twists in the road to Sunday’s race.  For some, it was natural disaster, like the storm that hit us last week.  For others, it was physical disaster – twisted ankles and pulled muscles.  But on Sunday, you will all find a way to the finish line.  The determination and strength you have shown us mirrors the determination and strength we see every day in the women and families of Sharsheret.  Young lives may have veered from their normal, healthy, paths – but in the end, our Sharsheret families find their way to the finish line with the very grace we have come to expect from all of you.

Thank you for helping us raise awareness of Sharsheret’s 11 national programs.  Thank you for helping us bring critical dollars to support our important work.  And thank you for reminding us all that when one road is littered with obstacles, there is another one waiting to bring us to the finish line, a celebration with friends, family, and loved ones.

We’re cheering you on and so very grateful!  We invite all of our Sharsheret friends to join us this Sunday at the Team Sharsheret cheering station (located at 92nd and 1st, East side of the street, North and South corners) from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. to cheer on our incredible athletes!