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Taylor Halperin

Taylor Halperin


Everyone gets cancer— the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the healthy, the good, and the bad— no one is immune to it.

It took my grandparents, my great aunt, friends, mothers of friends, affected my great uncle... the list just goes on and on to the point where I’ve lost count.

And now it’s affecting a family I’ve known since I was 5 years old. My friend Hadar’s little sister, Shani, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) 6 months ago.

A 15 year old who once spent her time doing school musicals, hanging out with friends, doing her beautifu long curly hair. Now her summer consists of endless hospital visits for treatments, that will, in time, hopefully rid her of this beast.

It’s a long road ahead for Shani, but believe me when I say that cancer picked the wrong girl!

When I shared information about the marathon and Shani a few days ago, I didn’t think I’d ever commit to something so big… Anyone who knows me probably knows that I’m a swimmer… a fish out of water. Aka, I don’t run. I don’t like running 10m to catch a bus when I’m running late, let alone 21.1km! I don’t like it, but I’m determined to do it; the reason for doing this run outweighs all of the hard work, sweat, and tears that lies ahead. When I heard that Shani was sick, I knew I has to do something... this is that something.

Having said that, on January 27th, I —along with thousands of others— will officially be running (okay maybe a few minutes of walking), in the Miami Marathon. The most I’ve ever ran at a time is 10k, but when I set my mind to something, I get it done! Not to mention the fact that I’ll have all of Team Chai Lifeline by my side— Team Hope (Shani).

I’m running for Shani and for all other childhood cancer warriors I’ve been lucky enough to meet (including Ellie age 5, Madison age 9, Zoe age 13, and more).

But I’m also running for myself.

Aside from my involvement with Chai Lifeline and personal connection to Shani and her family, this run will hold a special meaning for me too. I’ve only shared information of this sort on my private Instagram account (Facebook just feels more “public”), but I’ll briefly talk about it here. January 27th has become a very significant day for me... it will mark exactly 1 year since I survived. 1 year since death was staring me in the eye and I fought through it. Over 50 days of staying the hospital, with a long road of therapies ahead. Yes, my run is for Shani, but it’s also going to be a very personal victory. The crazy distance aside, it’ll also show how far I’ve come; walking passed that finish line with tears of joy in my eyes vs. walking into a hospital emergency room with tears of fear and sadness.

I’ve never felt comfortable asking people for money, especially on such a large scale, but WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP!

Whether it’s $1 or $100, every donation helps!

In order to attend the marathon, I need to raise AT LEAST $5500, as does every other member of Team Hope/Shani.

There will be fundraisers, small events, and other attempts to collect the necessary funds in the coming months, but the easiest way is to directly donate on the link attached.

If you want to do even more than donate, why not join Team Shani yourself? There’s really no requirements; you can be Jewish or not, a runner or not (walker), and so on. If you have any questions, we’re here to answer!

Having heard the stories of those who have run in previous years, I know that this will be a life-changing experience. I’m so excited, but most of all proud. I’m proud of me, I’m proud of all the members of Team Hope- Shani, and most of all, I’m proud of Shani… arguably the strongest gal I know.

Thank you in advance and I look forward to share more with you throughout my journey!



raised of $5,500 goal


1. Halperin Family
Your Mom, Sister and me are all very proud of you and your inspiring efforts and contributions to making other people's lives better!! XOXOXO
2. X-fit Coexiste Fundraiser
Thanks to the X-fit community for raising a grand total of $776!! (pls note that some donations were made directly to the fundraising page and thus would be part of the the $776 total.)
3. Kim Gromko
Run past the finish line for Shani and for all those who battle to win! ??
4. Carol & Marty Goldenberg
We are very happy to support you and your efforts for this very worthwhile cause.
5. Sotiria Analytis
6. Gillian Saidman
You are so amazing. It was my pleasure to run with you.
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