Friday, July 2, 2010

So I Guess I'll Have to Do It While I'm Here: Komen Race for the Cure

Among the most fundamental values in Jewish tradition are good deeds and acts of loving kindness.

Lyrics in Phil Ochs’ ballad, “When I’m Gone,” reflect this central concept well. He tells us:
Won't be asked to do my share when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And a few stanzas later, this:
Can't add my name into the fight while I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And so it is that I will be walking in this year’s New York City Komen Race for the Cure in Central Park on Sunday, September, 12.

In doing so, I will support Komen for the Cure, which funds national peer-reviewed breast cancer research, breast health screenings and treatment services, and educational programming for a disease that in 2008—the same year that my mom was diagnosed–took the lives of more than 40,000 individuals. I’m also doing this because I believe it is a most fitting way to honor my mother's memory and her exceedingly well lived life.

For these reasons and so many others, I’d be grateful for your support.

The easiest and fastest way to donate is online here.

If you’d prefer to donate by check:
  1. Make your check payable to: Komen Greater NYC
  2. Write my name in the memo line.
  3. Mail to: PO Box 9223, New York, NY 10087

Many thanks for helping me do this while I'm here!