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amount of resources, you have to
prioritize things. If I were in his
shoes, that would be my order of
— Diana Lieberman
cer means. The place they started
provides the social and emotional
complement to medical care that's
Through workshops, lectures and
social events, Gilda's Club is able to
make a difference not just for the
individual with cancer, but for the
— Keri Guten Cohen
Jacqueline Grekin of Farmington Hills
with Michael Radner of Soutlfel4 broth-
er of Gilda Radner, and Marcia
Gershenson of Birmingham at the Gilda's
Club Family Walk Sept. 13.
More than 1,000 walkers participat-
ed in the 10th annual Gilda's Club
Family Walk on Sept. 13. The walk
benefits the club started by eight
founding members who believed
strongly in the late comedienne
Gilda Radner's dream of providing a
supportive place available to all
touched by cancer.
The walk has become an impor-
tant fund-raising element of the
organization, raising money that
helped establish a house in Royal
Oak, which recently added a 3,500-
square-foot addition, which more
than doubles the existing space.
The eight founding members are
Marcia Gershenson of Birmingham,
Jacqueline Grekin of Farmington
Hills, Sherry Medsker of Franklin,
Maureen Martinez of Bloomfield
Hills; and Bernice Gadon, Ina
Kadish, Geri Lester and Carol
Silverman, who are now deceased.
Each of the founders learned that
cancer affects the entire family as
well as the person with cancer and
the advantages of being around oth-
ers who truly understand what can-
Diagnosed with hepatitis during a
health exam 10 years ago, Jeff
Feldman fought hard before suc-
cumbing to liver failure last year.
A Farmington Hills resident,
father of four children and a
Congregation Shaarey Zedek mem-
ber, he underwent two liver trans-
plants, but tried to raise awareness
of the disease and to raise money to
help find a cure, said his wife, Julie.
Last year, when he discovered the
"Liver Walk," a 6K family walk in
Lower Huron Metropark in
Belleville, he made it his mission to
get people to participate, said Julie.
"We put together 'Team Felds,'
made T-shirts and gathered as many
friends and family as we could," she
Jeff made a decision to partici-
pate, arid walked half the course.
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Jeff Feldman, center, participated in last
year's Liver Walk two months before his
death. He is surrounded by his fizmily,
from left, son Lee; wife, Julie; sister
Maralyn Aberbuch and son Seth.
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