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Marathon Runner Janie Shina Refuses to Stand Still
By Paul Isso :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 :: 97336 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Chaldean-American Janie Shina, 24, of West Bloomfield, Michigan is counting on the generosity of the Chaldean community.  Shina has been called on a mission to run a marathon to help fight cancer.  The longtime Cancer Society volunteer felt it was time to take on a fraction of the challenge that cancer victims face daily. 

Shina, describes an incident in which she felt she was “called” to help.  “Before the New Year, I wrote down the things that I wanted to accomplish during 2007, and running the marathon was one of them,” said Shina.  “And a week later, I received a letter from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society requesting volunteers. Gods works mysteriously…this was my calling.”

“I have always wanted to run the Marathon to fight for the cure of Cancer. It has been a goal of mine for a long period of time,” Shina says. “As 2007 approached, I said, ‘I will do it this year,’ and with community support and prayers, this will happen! I will be able to run 26.2 miles in San Diego, California on June 3, 2007 to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma!”   

Helping to champion the cause to find a cure, Janie Shina has been involved for nearly a decade.  According to Shina, her devotion in helping to find a cure was sparked by the loss of her beloved uncle when she was a teenager.  “I have had the passion to fight back against cancer since 1999 when my Uncle died of lung cancer,” said Shina. 

The Wayne State University, Nutrition and Food Science alum has not stopped since she decided to get involved in finding a cure.  From bake sales to marathons this Chaldean superwoman refuses to sit idle.   “I have been volunteering for the American Cancer Society since 1999, and I also participated in the Relay-4-Life the past few years and was a team leader,” said Shina.  “I have also participated in the Aids walk and March of Dimes in the past.  I also support events such as bake sales that help to raise money,” said Shina.  “I held a successful bake sale last year for a little girl who struggled from a rare cancer found in kids, and raised over $1,100,” Shina says with delight.

Shina’s yearly plans not only consist of supporting cancer and cures for other diseases but educating and hosting fundraisers to help those in need.  Shina’s passion is remarkably contagious.  Her beautiful smile and exuberance has inspired many other Chaldeans to become more involved.   “Seeing my patients, and a special friends, struggle with cancer drives me to push myself to succeed my goal.”

So far, Shina has raised nearly $2,000 strictly from online donations.  The enterprising young lady has established an online presence hoping friends, family, and other’s hurt by the horrible pain of cancer decide to support her efforts and join the campaign towards a cure  (www.active.com/donate/tntmi/tntmiJShina). 

Shina is working with Team In Training, which is the largest endurance sports training program in the world.   She hopes to run 26.2 miles in 4.5 hours.  Team In Training is coaching and Shina to make her marathon goal a reality.  

Collectively, the team hope to raise over $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.  Hopefully one day this Chaldean champion will see the end of a disease that has made so many suffer. 

 


 

Mr. Paul Isso is the lead community and political journalist for www.CHALDEAN.org in Michigan .  Mr. Isso is attending  Wayne State University Law School and serves the Chaldean community by covering complex political and legal issues along with Chaldean community events held in Michigan .  Mr. Isso can be reached at info@chaldean.org.

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St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.