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Russell Leo Tendler, 2016 Organizer and Jared Blinken, 2015 Founder

I have loved family and skiing for as long as I can remember. For me the two have always gone together. I first skied on a family trip out West when I was two and a half years old. There were three generations of my family all skiing and spending time together.  Both of my grandmothers and other very close family members are breast cancer survivors. I feel very lucky that my family members had good care and support and and I want to make sure that other patients and their families also have the care and support that they need. 

Sharsheret is a very special organization because they help support the entire family.  In 2015 Jared Blinken held Hope On the Snow for Sharsheret in honor of his mother battling breast cancer as his Bar Mitzvah project. I was really inspired when I participated because it was an opportunity to use skiing, which is something I love doing, to help other families. I got to race in honor of both of my Grandmothers, which felt awesome! I also think Hope On the Snow can make people who might not think about breast cancer pay attention to this important health issue, and it is a great way for me to make a difference. When it came time to do my Mitzvah project I wanted to help Sharsheret and keep Hope On the Snow at Hunter Mountain going. We hope to make it an annual event. 

You can join Hope On the Snow and support Sharsheret in so many ways: participating in the race; sponsoring my race, or; sponsoring any racer; buying some truly excellent swag, and; making a contribution directly to Sharsheret! Thanks so much for helping me reach my goal. And thank you for supporting families who are battling breast cancer.

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