I am running the 2020 Chicago Marathon to raise money for Sharsheret. I was introduced to Sharsheret in college; it is the national philanthropy of AEPhi. Last year, when my mom, Sharon Weiner, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she reached out to Sharsheret for support. Sharsheret provided my mom with well organized information she could use and comfort items to help her with the effects of treatment. She also received a cookbook and a binder to take notes and record treatment information. Most importantly, Sharsheret gave her a connection to social worker and another Jewish woman who had been through a similar diagnosis. Both of these women were able to support my mom in ways our family could not. Over one year later, my mom is healthy and cancer free. I am looking forward to running my 11th marathon in her honor!!
While the marathon may not take place this year, Sharsheret still needs our help! Sharsheret has been busier than ever providing social services to cancer patients, holding webinars in how to deal with cancer in the time of COVID, sending out a "busy box" with games for kids whose moms are undergoing treatment, and providing virtual programs for children of those who need childcare (reading books over Zoom etc., with the help of AEPhi). Your contribution ensures these services continue.
For more information, check out their special webpage: https://sharsheret.org/sharsheret-virtual-programs/
Sharsheret serves 150,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students, in all 50 states. Through 12 national programs, Sharsheret provides culturally relevant support and information to women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Sharsheret creates a safe community for women at every stage—before, during, and after diagnosis. We offer tailored resources, information, and support to caregivers, family members, and friends of women facing breast and ovarian cancer to guide them through the cancer journey. All services are free, confidential, and easily accessed online and by phone, email, text, and livechat. They are individualized and provided one-to-one by skilled and trained professionals and builds a strong community of “links in the chain” through education and outreach events for college students, healthcare professionals, and community organizations. Help us make a difference to ensure that no woman or family will face cancer alone. To join Team Sharsheret or for more information, visit www.sharsheret.org!