BENEFITING: Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2014
My Aunt Orna was truly one of a kind: loving, generous, adventurous, worldly and had a signature style that translated into everything she did. She taught us about the importance of family, staying true to oneself, meticulousness, confidence, elegance, compassion, care for others - particularly animals - over oneself, and how to live life to the fullest as well as how to die with dignity.
Orna passed away from pancreatic cancer in February 2013 at the age of 66. There isn't enough room to write about what she means to my family and I, but she was an amazing woman who we greatly miss.
Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are not always obvious and usually develop gradually. Today, the five-year relative survival rate remains at just 6 percent. Orna kept a meticulously healthy lifestyle when she was diagnosed and yet passed away within a mere 6 months. Sometimes there are no explanations for why things happen, but hopefully future families lives can be improved from cancer research.
That is why I am fundraising for Cure Pancreatic Cancer: The Lustgarten Foundation as I run in the Central Park Triathlon. The race is a 1/4 swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run. Cablevision's support of The Lustgarten Foundation ensures that 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
I will swim, bike and run to the finish line of the Central Park Triathlon on July 27th for my Aunt Orna. Please help me reach my goal of raising $3,600 for Cure PC to make crossing the finish line that much more meaningful.
Judaism is a religion that emphasizes the importance of life. The word "chai" means “life” (think toasting "l'chaim!" - to life!) so Chai is consequently a symbol that captures an important aspect of Judaism. According to the gematria, which is a mystical tradition that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters, the letters Chet (ח) and Yud (י) add up to the number 18. The Chet has a value of 8 and the yud has a value of 10. As a result, 18 is a significant number that represents good luck, and many times it is multipled in gifts or amounts. My goal is just 200 x chai - a modest "finish line" for a truly important cause.