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Top New York moving company Shleppers Moving & Storage is proud to announce its recent donation of time, trucks and support to the NYC Schlep: Jewish Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk which raised money for the American Friends Rabin Medical Center.
This past Sunday, July 17, over 200 breast cancer advocates gathered on a warm and sunny morning in downtown Manhattan to participate in the first-ever Jewish breast cancer run/walk in the United States. The event was co-sponsored by Shleppers Moving & Storage, Zuckers Bagels, El Al Airlines, JCP Downtown, Sharsheret, Genentech, and Shiboleth. “It was the memory of my mother Hadassah, who had breast cancer twice,” said Dr. Joshua Plaut when asked what prompted him to organize the NYC Schlep: Jewish Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk.
“One in seven Jewish women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Plaut, who is the executive director of American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, the New York-based non-profit that organized this event. The race attracted runners of all ages and all parts of the country. Runners came from as far away at Houston, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. to participate in the event. Ages of the participants ranged from 7-year-old Tani Leitner who completed the race in 37 minutes to 88-year-old Grace Salant, who completed the entire course in just over one hour. Larry Glazer, a 49-year-old male and Jenna Weinberg, a 22-year-old female were the race winners with times of 20:18 and 24:32 respectively.
New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, who is also running for the Congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner, addressed the 200 runners and walkers. “All of us are partners with AFRMC to raise awareness of breast cancer among Jewish women in the United States and Israel,” he said.
The event was overwhelmingly successful for AFRMC. The NYC Schlep raised all of its donations online for a breast cancer research project at Israel’s Rabin Medical Center. Of that total, an impressive 110 donors were organized in Team Natalie, a group of runners who have rallied around a 27-year-old newly diagnosed breast cancer patient in California. The team raised over $21,000 from donations that were received from across the country, including Baltimore, Seattle, Houston, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Durham, Boston, Miami, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Birmingham, Iowa City, Atlanta, Scottsdale, Denver, Madison, Anchorage, San Francisco, Memphis, and Telluride. International donations came in from as far away as Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto, Tel Aviv, and Johannesburg.
The Schlep will help to fund research performed in Israel at the Rabin Medical Center to investigate the prevalence of metastatic breast cancer disease in women who are genetically predisposed. Developing an understanding of how this disease arises will help doctors prevent its occurrence, allowing women to overcome a disease which today is essentially incurable. More broadly, breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses affecting Jewish women in the United States, Israel, and across the world. Research that can find a cure will help the nearly 1.5 million women, of every race and religion, who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
“All of us at the American Friends Rabin Medical Center want to extend our deepest gratitude to the Shleppers team for the exceptional job done with the logistical setup, breakdown and route coordination for the 2011 NYC Schlep” comments Dr. Joshua Plaut. “This is the first year for the event and we expect it to get bigger and better each year. The fact that Shleppers donated these services saved our organization thousands of dollars and made it a lot easier. Many thanks to the entire Shleppers team for a job well done, and for helping our organization in its mission to cure metastatic breast cancer. Their donation of services truly helps us come closer to achieving this mission.”
“We were privileged and delighted to take part in supporting the NYC Schlep for American Friends Rabin Medical Center,” comments Shleppers President, Jason Friedland. “They not only have a great name for their walk, but also have an important mission to find a cure for breast cancer — it’s a truly worthy cause.”
About Shleppers Moving & Storage:
Founded in 1978, Shleppers Moving & Storage began moving with one van and one vision–to serve its customers with commitment and integrity. By working in partnership with customers, New York’s top movers have earned a reputation as the city’s number one moving and storage company, offering a wide range of relocation services, including local, long-distance, and international moving, packing, unpacking, and private storage. With dedication, teamwork, and innovation, Shleppers is a NY moving company that puts customers first, creating a moving experience that’s efficient and reliable from the first box to the last. Shleppers is also deeply committed to charity and community involvement, with its donation of trucks and logistical support for the Community Mayors Foundation, the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens, The March of Dimes, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, The JCC Maccabi Games, The United Way, UJA Federation, the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Haddassah, the Food Bank of Westchester, and others. For more information, quotes, supplies, or moving tips, please visit www.Shleppers.com.
Information about American Friends Rabin Medical Center:
American Friends of Rabin Medical Center is committed to helping Rabin Medical Center realize its vision for a state-of-the-art full service medical center. Through a variety of programs and fundraisers across the United States, the funds raised by American Friends of Rabin Medical Center are earmarked to help Rabin Medical Center expand its facilities, purchase the most advanced medical equipment and technology, and participate in monumental developments in medical care and technology.
Information about Rabin Medical Center:
Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah, Israel is a modern center of medical excellence. It offers advanced medical services, a staff dedicated to patient care and the preserving of patient dignity, and a commitment to the development of a state-of-the-art medical center for the people of Israel. Today, it is one of the largest and premier hospital facilities in Israel, servicing approximately one million patients annually from within Israel and from neighboring countries, without regard to nationality or religion. Indeed, Rabin Medical Center is becoming the Mediterranean’s preeminent center for health care and medical research.