Senior at Touro College’s Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW) Participates in Inaugural Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in Israel
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New York, N.Y. - Hannah Herman, 22, center, a senior at Touro College’s Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW), recently participated in an historic event in Israel: the first ever Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, during the weekend of October 25-28.
Ms. Herman participated in the event with Sharsheret®, a national, not-for-profit organization of cancer survivors dedicated to the unique challenges facing young Jewish women living with breast cancer, a group often overlooked by many research studies, according to their website. With Ms. Herman, from left, are Elana Silber, director of operations for Sharsheret, and Rochelle L. Shoretz, the founder of Sharsheret and the organization’s executive director, a two-time breast cancer survivor, all members of Ms. Herman’s fund-raising group, Team Sharsheret®. Ms. Herman’s group had two teams in the race, which combined together raised a total of $7,721. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the world’s largest organization devoted to eradicating breast cancer, according to their website. Ms. Herman said that due to enhanced medical research and treatments, more and more women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are alive today. A history major, Ms. Herman has been fortunate in that breast cancer has not touched her personally, either through family members or close friends. “I just feel very strongly about the issue since Israel has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world,” she said, adding that about 4,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Israel every year; about 30 percent of all cancer patients in Israel have breast cancer. Ms. Herman said it was inspiring to walk alongside all the cancer survivors on the streets of Jerusalem in their pink shirts: “I was overwhelmed by the whole experience and feel truly blessed to have been part of this historic event.” Ms. Herman divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Greenwich, Conn. Upon graduating in January 2011, she plans to study to become a physician’s assistant.