When and how did you get involved with SHARE?
Shortly after my mother, Zelda Bader of blessed memory, died of breast cancer in 1992, my husband Michael Leventhal and I walked for SHARE in Central Park at the annual SHARE-A-Walk. My mother was diagnosed in 1970 and lived a full life while continuing to battle numerous recurrences of breast and related cancers. We continued to walk and created "Team Bader," and we invited our friends and family to walk with us. I sent letters out describing our involvement, and my company matched all funds received. It became a way of reaching out to so many people who loved my mother as well as to many friends whose lives were also affected by breast cancer. It was a solid fundraising effort and helped me to memorialize my mother on a yearly basis. We have pictures of our team with my sons Zachary and Jacob in strollers (see below).
In what ways have you been involved with SHARE?
When SHARE created its tasting benefit, A Second Helping of Life, I bought a table and invited some of my walking teammates to join me as my guests. They all came and either donated or bought auctioned items. This grew yearly and more and more friends came to this spectacular event. A few years back, SHARE honored me, and almost 90 of my friends came that year (see photo below).
When my younger son Jacob became a Bar Mitzvah in 2012, he created The Zelda Bader Memorial Fund at SHARE and donated over half of his gifts to SHARE. In his Bar Mitzvah speech, he talked about his family's involvement in SHARE and how he and his brother grew up never knowing his grandmother.
How has SHARE helped you?
SHARE has helped me in subtle ways to keep so many of my mother's values alive. Though of humble background, she was always volunteering or writing checks to organizations she believed in. When she was diagnosed in 1970, there were few organizations that supported breast cancer but she managed to volunteer for Reach for Recovery, now a part of American Cancer Society. SHARE has made it easy for me to fundraise and personally donate to this wonderful cause.
What is your 40th anniversary wish for SHARE?
In a perfect world it would be nice not to need a SHARE, but we're not there yet. In the meantime, I hope that they can continue to offer their support and services to people in need who are battling breast and ovarian cancers through ongoing, creative fundraising efforts.