November 1, 2011
This year, I was blessed to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of my youngest son. I recall vividly the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time 10 years ago, and the prayer I kept repeating that I would live to witness my children, then 3 and 5 years old, celebrate the milestones that we all cherish – birthdays, graduations, weddings.
This year, we were also blessed to mark an incredible milestone in Sharsheret’s history – 10 years of service to the Jewish community and the cancer community. Since 2001, Sharsheret has inspired change – giving a voice to those with breast cancer in a community that spoke little, if at all, about hereditary disease. We are talking now about cancer, educating the next generation about genetics, and connecting Jewish women and families of all backgrounds with vital support during the most challenging times. Our vision for the next 10 years is even more ambitious. Our reach will expand to include women and families affected by ovarian cancer. Our programs will be firmly rooted in major Jewish communities nationwide. Our initiatives will educate thousands of Jewish families at risk of hereditary cancer. And our children and grandchildren will not remember a time when cancer was a secret, a disease Jewish families faced alone and in fear.
Join us in marking this special milestone by sharing Sharsheret with 10 friends or making a 10th anniversary gift in honor of a loved one. We are grateful for your partnership and support, and look forward to the celebration of many more milestones together – in the next 10 years and beyond.
Rochelle L. Shoretz