2006, my mom had a vision: to find a cure for brain tumors.Her goal was ambitious, but she believed that
in order to achieve BIG, you had to dream BIG.She founded Suzy Esstman’s Walk On
Sunshine as an organization that would not only raise money for brain tumor
research, but incorporate her passions of community engagement, healthy living,
and having fun.
set my mom and her walk apart from other local philanthropic events is that she
herself had a brain tumor.Instead of
succumbing to the adversity, she maintained a positive attitude and focused her
energy on improving the lives of everyone she knew personally and even those
she did not, including other brain tumor patients.My mom inspired both me and our community to
be grateful for every day, and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life.
her positive spirit and strong will, my mother lost her battle with the brain
tumor in the summer of 2007.But that
did not stop our friends and family from continuing to raise money to support
brain tumor research.Since its
inception seven years ago, Suzy Esstman’s
Walk On Sunshine has donated over $130,000 to Hadassah Medical
Organization’s Neuro-Oncology Unit, where researchers are partnering with
institutions around the world, including St. Louis University, to conduct
cutting-edge brain tumor research.We
have helped fund major breakthroughs such as the ability to diagnose and track
brain cancer through blood-born DNA, as well as the development of an inhibitor
which reduces tumor cells’ resistance to chemotherapy.
order to carry on Suzy’s fight and fulfill her vision, we need your help!Whether you choose to register as a walker or
join the cause as a sponsor, your support will allow us to take another step
closer to finding a cure for brain tumors!Visit our website at walkonsunshine.org to learn more about the cause
and make a donation.
you in advance for your continued kindness and giving.I am so grateful for your efforts in helping
me continue my mom’s legacy, and I look forward to walking with you on June 2!
sincere appreciation and wishing you all my best,
Watch Joe Esstman's 2012 interview about his mom's legacy on Fox Sports Network Midwest
A Message from St. Louis Chapter Hadassah Co-Presidents
Thank you, thank you, thank you to our Walk on Sunshine co-chairs, Randee
Steffen, Sandy Newman, Rick and Julie Zucker and their committee for their
amazing job. With almost 300 walkers, we raised over $20,000 for Brain
Tumor research. So many people participated in the free health screenings that
it was hard for Saint Louis University Hospital staff to keep up. Thank you so
much for your support for this important cause.
As a reminder, we will be meeting tomorrow, Monday, June 10th at the St. Louis
Jewish Film Festival to view "It is No Dream: The Life of Theodor
Herzl". Please call Beth at 314-518-0834 if you want to meet up with
Hadassah or join us for lunch at Canyon Cafe before the 2pm movie.
Beth Mayer & Evie Roberts Levine
Did you miss our 8th Annual Suzy Esstman's Walk on Sunshine, but still
want this year's t-shirt or re-usable shopping bag?
It's not too late. Contact the Hadassah office and you can have a t-shirt or
Hadassah intends to respect donors’ wishes regarding their gifts, however in accordance with U.S. tax law regarding deductibility of contributions, Hadassah shall have full dominion, control and discretion over all gifts.A copy of Hadassah’s latest Financial Report is available by writing to the Hadassah Finance Dept., 50 W. 58thStreet, New York, NY10019.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah is the largest women's membership organization in the United States. Hadassah has been given a four-star rating (highest rating possible) by Charity Navigator, and an ‘A’ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.Hadassah was a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.