Cancer Won’t Win! By Lori Kahn, CBD Team Captain

Cancer Won’t Win!

By Lori Kahn, CBD Team Captain

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This will be my 9th year participating in American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Campbell. I first started walking for Relay for Life after losing my friend Samantha Fagin in Jan 2012 to breast cancer. She was my concert/theater going friend that I met at Congregation Beth David through Zhavah and then we were in a Havurah together. Her cancer had been in remission for several years and then it reoccurred with a vengeance.  She fought it hard till the bitter end.  She left 2 pre-teen boys and a 3 year old girl behind. It broke my heart to know that she’ll never get to see her kids grow up to be adults (and her 3 year old daughter will probably not remember her as a mother). She was a loyal friend and a dedicated mother and I admired her strength and dedication to fight the disease.

It was for this reason I became a Team Captain for the CBD Relay for Life team and we were called Team Samantha in 2012. 

Since 2012, I’ve continued to participate in Relay for Life either with a CBD team or with Team EDS. Unfortunately I’ve had to say goodbye to more people who lost their battle to cancer over the years, but I’ve also known others who’ve been diagnosed and treated for cancer and beat it thanks to the treatments currently available as well as earlier detection methods. My husband’s brother beat brain cancer twice!

From 2017-2019, we called our CBD team ‘Team Sandy’ in honor of Sandy Mayer, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier that year. She was a beloved congregant whom many considered a backbone to CBD (previous board President, Minyan organizer, servant to all who needed). Then in 2018 we lost Susan Gavens, another beloved congregant, also to pancreatic cancer. She was an incredible woman highly dedicated to volunteerism particularly for CBD and for the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. I found her to be extremely kind and warm. In 2020, we are now called Team Congregation Beth David to recognize all the beloved CBD members we have lost to cancer.

This year due to COVID-19, Relay for Life of Campbell will be a 12-hour virtual event from 10am-10pm on July 11, but we will still walk individually and as a team. Our survivors will be celebrated in the morning and in the evening we will honor those currently fighting cancer and remembering those we’ve lost with a Luminaria ceremony. At conclusion of the evening, our team will host a Havdalah event to welcome the new week. Let’s continue to honor those affected by cancer and raise funds to make a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer.

Another reason I relay and why I support ACS…
I never knew my grandmother because she died of breast cancer when my Dad was only 10. That was before cancer was detectable, let alone treatable. I’ve seen cancer take the lives of three of my mom’s dearest friends due to late identification of their cancer. I want to live in a world where cancer is detected early and is completely curable. I believe in ACS’s mission to do just that by funding vital cancer research, promoting preventative screenings, and supporting those who are currently undergoing treatment and their families.

In summary, I relay because I continue to CELEBRATE survivors of cancer, REMEMBER those who lost their battle, and FIGHT BACK against all future diagnoses of cancer.

Every day, the American Cancer Society is helping us stay well by preventing cancer or finding it at its earliest, most treatable stages. They assist families in finding the best resources to help their friend or loved one deal with a diagnosis and their journey to get well. The American Cancer Society is also rallying communities (like ours!) through events like Relay For Life, to fight back and find cures for this disease. The event itself is very powerful and can be very therapeutic for some.

Please join our team or make a donation to one of our team members to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  Our goal is to raise $10,000, which I’m thankful we have successfully achieved in years past.

Together, we can help make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life!  LET’S FINISH THIS FIGHT!

With gratitude, Lori Kahn, CBD Team Captain

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