#BecauseofValerie and all the kids!
My dad, Israel Rubin passed away on January 30, 2017 after being diagnosed in late November with stage 4 lung cancer. He joins the ranks of brave cancer fighters whose (booming) voice may be silenced but who will never be forgotten. As we approach the first anniversary of his passing I ask you to remember him with a gift to The Valerie Fund.
As my dad went into a rapid decline asked him to hang on. I told him just wait, try to make it to your birthday. I am throwing a big party in Verona Park. I asked him to visualize a celebration with 5000 people who have come out to support your bravery and the bravery of all the cancer fighters out there.
Even during the last few days, he kept letting me know he was trying. Even as his body gave out, he never gave up battling as hard as he could until the end.
I understand the courage my Dad showed during those two short months on so many levels.
I have spent the last decade of my career advocating for children and their families dealing with cancer and blood disorders.
In November 2013 I fought my own breast cancer battle and am fortunate to say that I almost 6 years in remission. It is very much because of the children and families of The Valerie Fund. They taught me to be brave when I did not feel like it. I received email, texts, and videos cheering me on from Valerie Fund kids who understood what I was going through. I will never forget the ten- year old who gave me guidance. Seeing the world through their eyes they gave me hope that it would be better soon.
My dad dreamed big and taught me to do the same. I am so proud to be my father’s daughter.
I hope that you will consider a donation in his memory and to support me and the amazing children and families of The Valerie Fund.