Since its founding in 2001, Sharsheret has responded to more than 45,000 breast cancer and ovarian cancer inquiries, involved more than 4,300 peer supporters, developed 12 national support and education programs, and presented more than 250 educational programs nationwide. In recognition of Sharsheret’s important contributions to women’s health, Sharsheret was named a recipient of the New York State Innovation in Breast Cancer Early Detection and Research Award, and selected as a member of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance. In 2010, Rochelle was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women under the auspices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, recognizing the need for specific support for those facing ovarian cancer, Sharsheret launched a national ovarian cancer program.
At my local synagogue we have become a strong knit community of friends and family. Nobody is ever alone. My dear friend Jane is suffering from breast cancer and I want to do whatever I can to contribute.