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Malya Goldberg

Malya Goldberg

I am registered to run the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon this November. I am running to raise money for Chai Lifeline, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families.

I am once again running in memory of my dear father. I am also dedicating this run to my paternal grandfather and great grandfather, who influenced my dad in so many positive ways. These three courageous men, fought against all odds and raised beautiful families. I will forever be grateful for the time I had with each of them.

Running in memory of someone is hard. On the one hand, dedicating this process, journey, adventure to someone is so powerful and meaningful. It drives me, gives me motivation, forces me outside when I'm nice and cozy inside. It gives me conviction, heart, hope, passion. And yet. I hate that I'm running for Abba. I hate that now he's someone to remember. A name on a plaque. A facebook memorial page. A collection of pictures. I don't want to be part of this club that knows this kind of untimely death. I don't want to be someone to whom this has happened. So this is part of the challenge. Not just the running, and not just the fundraising. The challenge is also connecting these dots...Somehow reconciling the fact that Abba is still gone, no matter how many miles I run or how much money I raise, with the fact that it is still worth running those miles and raising that money. No, of course it doesn't bring him back, and of course the pain is still there. Less sharp, but still there. Running doesn't erase that. But somehow I will find meaning in those steps, an avenue to my sadness, and most importantly, some connection to others who are also feeling that pain, to reach out to them and be in this together.

I understand that we all have obligations to various charities, and asking for your support is not easy, but I truly believe in the amazing work of Chai Lifeline. On behalf of myself and my entire family, thank you for all the support through the years. I will be thinking of you as I cross the finish line.

Thank you.

- malya



raised of $5,000 goal


1. anonymous
Your father’s neshama should have an Aliyah in the inceredible zchus of all the money you have collected for tzedakah.
2. Daniel Kasierer
3. Sarah Baum
We are all very proud of you!
4. Rachel Abramoff
Good luck Malya! You continue to serve as a role model for all in our community with your determination and hard work to meet your goals. May all of your efforts serve to bring an Aliyah to the neshamos of your father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
5. Boruch & Sarah Rosner
So proud of you xo
6. Avi & Zahava Pollock
You got this Malya!

Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2017
raised in 2017
49 donors