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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 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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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,
"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
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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!
After finishing the 2006 ING NYC Marathon, I knew I would like to do it again one day, but this time for a charity organization. Being able to cross the finish line in 2011 on behalf of Sharsheret, an outstanding national breast cancer and ovarian cancer organization that provides programs and support to the Jewish community, means a great deal to me. The challenges Sharsheret tackles not only affect the program participants, but their families as well. By supporting my run on behalf of Team Sharsheret, together will be able to raise a greater awareness about breast cancer and help support Sharsheret’s programs.
I am thrilled to be competing in my second ING NYC Marathon this fall on November 6th. Throughout my training and on race day I will be thinking about the fighting spirit of the thousands of Jewish women and families supported by Sharsheret. So I am asking for your support and please give generously…..the more you give the harder I will train and the faster I will run to cross the finish line.
About 5 years ago, my 34 year old wife and best friend was struck with breast cancer. With no family history or known risk factors she and I were shell shocked. After hearing the words one wishes never to hear, those of a breast cancer diagnosis, while facing the unimaginable, it was the women of Sharsheret who helped my wife. Especially during those most difficult early days, they embraced her and opened up to her, giving her the strength and courage to make the most difficult and life altering decisions.
As my wife was nearing the end of her own chemotherapy treatment, she began to speak to, and help other young women who had just been diagnosed, adding another link to the chain. Although it is my hope and prayer that no woman (or man for that matter) should ever receive news of a cancer diagnosis, I was happy that my wife was healthy and strong enough to give to other women the same type of support and wisdom that she had been given.
I realize that until the cure is found and breast and ovarian cancers are obliterated, all we can do is support each other through the difficult journey. Sharsheret is a way for young women to link together giving strength, courage and support when it is needed most after such a diagnosis. As a man, the least I can do is run in support of Sharsheret so that these brave women can continue to benefit from the strength, love and guidance which they gain from the bonds of their shared experiences.
Unfortunately, breast and ovarian cancers are extremely widespread among women today.
So, please, link up with me to honor your wives, mothers, sisters or friends by sponsoring me as I run on my own 26.2 mile journey through the streets of New York in the ING New York City Marathon on behalf of Sharsheret.
© 2014 Sharsheret: Your Jewish Community Facing Breast Cancer
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