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Thousands expected for 10th Shirley Mae Run

ATLANTIC CITY – This Saturday morning a sea of pink will descend on the Boardwalk for the 10th annual Shirley Mae Run and the Michael J. Walk. Last year it brought out more than 2,500 participants, to not only raise money for the local assistance fund, but also to celebrate breast cancer survivors and honor those lost.


 

Blended with the pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness is the pancreatic cancer purple ribbon in honor of Michael J. Neustadter who succumbed to the disease earlier this year after a valiant battle.

Elise Waldman of Linwood, a 12-year survivor, said she could not imagine not being there Saturday morning. She will be joined by her husband Mitch and her daughters Rachel and Lauren and more than 20 friends from her Marketplace Realty team.

“It is a very powerful thing to see the parade of survivors in their pink shirts each year; it’s very emotional,” said Waldman.

The parade of survivors gets larger each year and that is a sign of hope to every person who battles breast cancer.

She said it was easy to put a team together.

“It’s unfortunate, but just about everyone has been touched in some way by cancer; those who are fighting through it, those who have battled and won, and those who have lost someone. So many people come together because cancer has affected their life in some way,” said Waldman.

Diagnosed at only 35, Waldman is proud to wear her pink shirt. But for Waldman, it is also about family.

“My mother, Marylee Alperin, is a breast cancer survivor and walks in the Komen Walk in Philadelphia and has for years. She will walk again this year. On the back of her shirt it says, ‘I am walking in honor of my daughter.’ On the back of my shirt it says, ‘I am walking in honor of my mother.’”

Waldman’s sister, Marcia Diamondstein, lives in Allentown and will connect with a similar event in her area.

The events this year begin and end in front of the Tropicana Casino and Resort. The events Saturday morning kick off with the survivors’ parade from 8:30 to 9 a.m. followed by the start of the 5K run down the Boardwalk at 9:10 a.m. A 1.5-mile walk will follow and a kids’ fun run will begin when the final 5K runner crosses the finish line.

Participants may register Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.

There will be live music, food, giveaways and prizes to the winners. All proceeds go to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund and Gilda's Club South Jersey.

To learn more about the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund see www.shirleymaefund.org


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