Oct. 28 2010, save the date!

I was going to begin this post by talking about how much I love and care for boobies. But this is actually a VERY serious matter and for the first time ever, an international organization, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, in partnership with Hadassah and the City of Jerusalem, is running a race in Jerusalem in order to raise public awareness of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women. In Israel alone breast cancer constitutes
nearly 30 percent of all cancer cases and is the number one cause death amongst women in Israel.
In the last 25 years the frequency of diagnosis with breast cancer has gradually risen with over 4,000
new cases diagnosed every year hitting women at a younger age than ever before. Hadassah’s researchers in Israel have only recently been able to identify an apparent halt in the rise due to increased preventative measures and the development of advanced techniques for treating breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has contributed over $2 million in Israel in the last 16 years to support varying breast cancer research projects as well as women’s outreach programs.

The race will begin in Sacher Park on October 28th and go through the heart of downtown Jerusalem before ending at Gai Ben Hinom (just outside Zion Gate). This event will influence local advocacy for breast cancer awareness while empowering men and women in Israel who are stricken by breast cancer. The race in Jerusalem will be opened by top Israeli fashion designer Dorin Frankfurt who has agreed to volunteer as honorary race chairperson.

For more information on how you can participate or get involved, please visit komen.org.il. Do it now!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • Sharsheret – the only national organization dedicated to supporting young women and families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer – is thrilled to be a partner in the Israel Race! It will be incredibly meaningful as we join thousands of young Jewish women and families from across the globe for a common cause. Join us in Jerusalem as we cross the finish line together and take one step closer to the cure. For information about Team Sharsheret, log on to http://www.sharsheret.org or call us at 866-474-2774.

  • Dear Mr. CK:

    I just had to be very JewLicious and add this tiny tidbit.

    Susan G Komen…. the “G” is for Goodman. Yes. Suzy and Nancy Newman Goodman were sisters in Peoria. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. They both went to University of Illinois. Nancy became a Leitstein and then a Brinker (as in Brinker International). And Suzy Goodman became a Komen

    Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977 when breast cancer was still shrouded in stigma and shame. Nobody talked about early detection and mammograms. Nobody could even say the words “breast” and “cancer” together in polite company, let alone on television news broadcasts. With Nancy at her side, Suzy endured the many indignities of cancer treatment, from the grim, soul-killing waiting rooms to the mistakes of well-meaning but misinformed doctors. That’s when Suzy began to ask Nancy to promise. To promise to end the silence. To promise to raise money for scientific research. To promise to one day cure breast cancer for good. Big, shoot-for-the-moon promises that Nancy never dreamed she could fulfill. But she promised because this was her beloved sister.

    Nancy promised. And the result is the worldwide pink ribbon, races, and the Komen race for the cure.

    If you don;t think one person can change the world. Think again

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