Lo­cal mom raises $40K

Gala helps fund cure ef­fort

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourh­ood News - By Ni­cholas Miz­era

A Bev­er­ley Glen mother of three has re­cently helped raise al­most $40,000 in sup­port of find­ing a cure for women’s can­cers.

Jessica Stras­berg, 38, has now raised money for the Shop­pers Drug Mart Week­end to End Women’s Can­cers for the fifth time. The walk ben­e­fits Princess Mar­garet Cancer Cen­tre, fund­ing cancer re­search and treat­ment.

At the age of 35, Stras­berg was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer and un­der­went a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy and ra­di­a­tion treat­ments.

Her per­sonal bat­tle in­spired her and two of her long-time friends — Marni Dvir and Tammy Her­zog — to or­ga­nize I Run for Life, a char­ity gala for the cause.

Their first event in 2012 suc­ceeded in rais­ing $26,000 for Princess Mar­garet where Stras­berg had re­ceived surgery.

Nine months preg­nant at the time, she took part in that year’s walk and had a son, Noah, the fol­low­ing day. To re­flect the event, his mid­dle name is Walker.

“In fact, his He­brew name is Nis­sim, which means ‘mir­a­cle,’ ” said Stras­berg.

How­ever, this past June, the gala event pulled in an even more siz­able sum of $38,000.

Stras­berg was par­tic­u­larly happy know­ing the walk helps make pos­si­ble im­prove­ments such as the Gat­tuso Rapid Diagnostic Cen­tre, which re­duces wait times for cancer ex­am­i­na­tions. Stras­berg’s ul­ti­mate goal is to en­sure that a cancer-free fu­ture is made pos­si­ble for her chil­dren within their life­times. As a fam­ily doc­tor, she also wants to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of early breast cancer de­tec­tion.

Stras­berg will be among the 31,000 women tak­ing part in this year’s Walk to End Women’s Can­cers sched­uled for Sept. 7 at the Rogers Cen­tre.

Jessica Stras­berg or­ga­nized a gala with her friends to raise funds for cancer re­search

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