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Marathon Runner Janie Shina Refuses to Stand Still
By Paul Isso :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 :: 37738 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.