After three clinical trials, two major surgeries, and 42 rounds of chemo, Sherri S. Gendelman ended her 17-month valiant battle with ovarian cancer on Nov. 22, 2014.
But her legacy, light, and might live on in the many people she touched throughout her life — especially her gorgeous daughter Rachel, loving husband Bob, and close friends, including Barbara Tarlow Radler, Sue Epstein, and Lori Ranieri — who couldn’t let that light dim.
They knew that Sherri’s wish was to help other women who were suffering from cancer, and on July 25, 2015, hosted the first “Sherri’s Walk by the Water” in one of Sherri’s favorite spots — the beach in Margate, New Jersey. More than 250 people turned out, raising more than $40,000.
While planning the first walk took a toll on the organizers, Rachel was determined not to give up.
She convinced her dad, and Barbara and Sue, to do a second annual walk — and on Saturday, July 30, 2016, Rachel’s determination paid off. Nearly 400 people attended, raising close to $80,000 to fund research.
“I know that my mom (pictured above) would have wanted me to keep this event going,” says Rachel. “And I think that she’d be proud that we doubled the funds raised this year. This event is a tribute to her, and to all of the brave women and their families who continue to fight to battle this disease.”
On the eve of the event, Be Inkandescent magazine had the honor of interviewing the organizers of Sherri’s Walk by the Water: Rachel, Bob, Barbara, and Sue — as well as Vanda Soldati, the chapter manager of the Delaware Valley of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Don’t Stop Now! Learn more about this amazing event, and the passionate caregivers who made it happen — so you can do the same in your community. And click here to read our Q&A with the team that organized the fundraiser to discover the passion, power, and challenges involved in creating Sherri’s Walk by the Water.