Hadassah Brenner wrote:
Less than two years ago, I was your average high school student cramming for finals and dreaming endlessly of graduation. Today, I am a combat soldier in the IDF.
Moving to Israel and drafting into the IDF as a lone soldier was quite honestly the most difficult, yet most rewarding decision I have ever had the privilege of making. I never could have anticipated just how challenging this transition would be, but here I am, writing this post from base after four hours of guard duty and one year of gruelling training.
Before I drafted to the IDF, I had never run a day in my life nor even considered lifting a weight; I only wanted to give my all to serve my country and protect my friends, my family, and my people.
Not that long ago I was a Ramaz student stressing about grades and college acceptance; now I worry if I will make it to the 30th kilometre, if the military operation will succeed, if my friends and family are safe, if my team will carry out our mission properly, and of course, if I will be put on kitchen or guard duty AGAIN this week.
Despite the many changes in my life, I am still that same person who boarded the plane after graduation, setting off to help others.
Daniella Moffson set out to make a difference too, and I am so very proud to be running in her memory: a fellow Ramaz student, who also boarded a plane headed towards the unknown, who also set out to do good, regardless of the many fears, and struggles that lay ahead.
Even though I never met Daniella, I was inspired by her determination to do good and help others even when it was hard; she went out of her way to make the lives of the people around her better. I moved to Israel and became a soldier for the very same reason.
And so, I am running in the Jerusalem Marathon in Daniella's memory with the message that we should all strive to step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves to do good, to improve the world around us in any way we can, just like Daniella sought to do.
In the end of the day, all challenges can be overcome if we just have the will and determination to become better people, to make a difference, to lend a hand, to support others, to be kind, to care, to do the right thing, and to fight the good fight.
Please consider donating to the Daniella Moffson Foundation and funding my run this year!
The money raised will "fund an integrated playground in Jerusalem - Gan Daniella - that will allow physically challenged children to play on the same rides and equipment together with their peers".
Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support me along the way!
Always remember to keep fighting for your dreams and to never give up on what matters.
I promise, if I can make it to the finish line, so can you!
Daniella Moffson Foundation Inc wrote:
The Daniella Moffson Foundation is excited to announce our first ever participation in the Jerusalem Winner Marathon! The marathon will take place on March 15th, 2019.
We will continue to raise money for the funding of an integrated playground in Jerusalem - Gan Daniella - that will allow physically challenged children to play on the same rides and equipment together with their peers. Daniella had a strong love and enthusiasm for helping children and we believe this will be a very meaningful tribute to her legacy.
Thank you for your donations. Let's cross that finish line!