This year will be our eleventh (WOW!) year participating in the Race for Hope DC, and our eighth year without my father, which is so hard to believe. My father, Sheldon Berman, fought brain cancer for close to three years until he succumbed to it, surrounded by family and friends, on October 21st, 2012. During his almost three year battle, my father was a source of inspiration to everyone who knew him. He never let his prognosis get in the way of living. During his illness, he continued to volunteer for various organizations, teach classes and spend time with family and friends. My father's death has left a void in all of our lives. He is survived by his mother, his AMAZING wife Ann, his three children and five young grandchildren. He was lucky enough to have known four of them. The newest granddaughter, Shirel, is the first child to be named after him. My father never once complained about the altered course his life took. Each year, my father looked forward to participating in the race. He would check our status each day and often donated bits of money throughout our months of fundraising in order to help us reach our goals.
Charity was very important to my father. He supported many important causes but finding a cure for brain cancer was at the top of the list. Even though a cure didn't come soon enough for my father, our family is committed to finding a cure to help others in the same situation. During his almost three year battle with brain cancer, my father participated in several clinical trials, which gave us hope and extended his life and his quality of life. We want to help others in the same situation as him. We hope that you will consider making a donation of any amount in memory of my father to help us reach our goal. Over the past seven years, we have, as a team, raised over $120,000 towards brain cancer research.
Over the last several years, our team grew and we had so many people running and walking, proudly wearing their Sheldon's Shteibel hats. We would love to have as many people as possible join our team this year. It is a very family friendly race and a lot of fun!
This year is extra special for us, as Yoni has taken this on as part of his Bar Mitzvah project. We are hoping to raise $18,000 in honor of his Bar Mitzvah. Besides donating or joining us, you can also support us by purchasing "Shmuel Who Loved the Torah," a children's book written by Rivka and illustrated by Yoni and Ami. This book is about Sheldon's love of the Torah and how he passed this onto his children and grandchildren. The book is available for purchase on Amazon or directly through Rivka (email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information). All proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to the race.
Please help us by joining our team or supporting us as we remember my father and celebrate his legacy.
Thank you for your support!