Participant 661139

Laura Winer Before
Laura Winer After

Laura Winer

shaved to cure childhood cancers!

Apr 1, 2014 • Time TBD

Event: 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

At: 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

Chicago, IL US

Conquer Childhood Cancers

Fundraising

$14,288Raised

$15,000 Goal

$15,000 Goal

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Participant 661139

Participant 661139

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Help me fund the research that will save their lives!

Fundraising

$14,288Raised

$15,000 Goal

$15,000 Goal

(888) 899-2253

Download Donation Form

Participant 661139

National Partner

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research with: Soul Sisters

Apr 1, 2014 • Time TBD

Event: 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

At: 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

Chicago, IL US

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research with: Soul Sisters

As I sit here in California, dear friends Rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommer mourn at their son's funeral. Today, the world is out of balance. Today, they cry and we cry and God cries. Parents grieve for the loss of their child at the tender age of 8. A hard-fought battle against AML, acute myeloid leukemia, Superman Sam's krypotnite. While colleagues in a small rabbinic circle, Phyllis and Michael and I have never worked together. We didn't go to school, or camp or youth group together. We have never even lived in the same cities. But the power of relationships and social media has brought us together. A few drinks together at a bar at a rabbinic convention. Tweets back and forth. The sharing of blog posts. These have led to the creation of a friendship that spans geographic distances. In the last 18 months I have followed Sam's battle against leukemia from afar. I sent Sam superhero chatchkies to decorate his hospital room. I prayed. In the few moments I have seen Phyllis IRL, we hugged and spoke of fears and hopes. Each day I would awake looking first for news from their blog about how Sam was doing that day. All along, I struggled with my inability to do something concrete. I can't send over a meal, or do some laundry, or help carpool the kids. I felt impotent. But now, I do have something I can do. Due to the inspiration of Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr and Rabbi Elizabeth Wood, I have joined our #36Rabbis Shave for the Brave St. Baldrick's event. This coming March I will shave my hair off in an effort to raise awareness of and funds to battle against childhood cancers. Each day 7 children die from cancer. We lost Sam this past Saturday. Today and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow and the day after that - each day - 7 more children will die. I cannot imagine the pain. It is unfathomable. Unspeakable. Today, again I feel impotent. Sitting here in California, unable to do something to ease the pain and the fear. Except - to write this blog post. And pray that you will help me bring an end to this. Kol ha-olam kulo, gesher tzar me'od. V'ha-ikar, lo le-fached klal. All the world is a very narrow bridge. The most important thing is not to be afraid.

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  • Shavee
  • Team Captain

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St. Baldrick’s Honored Kids

Kids with cancer are our reason for it all. They’re the inspiration behind our event and the reason we’re helping fund childhood cancer research. We believe all kids should be able to grow up and turn their dreams into realities. Join our event or make a donation, and click the photos below to read their incredible stories.

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  4. Jane Rips In Memory Of Superman Sam Sommer 12/13/2014
  5. Anonymous 12/13/2014

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