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Marathon Runner Janie Shina Refuses to Stand Still
By Paul Isso :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 :: 113758 Views :: Article Rating :: 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. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.