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Run for Her Supporter Finds Strength in Philanthropy

After losing her mother to ovarian cancer in 2013, Jackie Stein, 32, has become religious about philanthropy. Supporting numerous causes focused on women’s health has been her source of strength, balance and purpose.

“In a city like Los Angeles, it’s so easy to get caught up in the fluff,” said Stein, a Los Angeles attorney and chief of staff at Prospect Medical Holdings. “Taking a few hours each day to express your gratitude for life, or days throughout the year to support a cause, is so important - especially if it means you can impact the life of another.”

For the fourth year, Stein will participate in Run for Her, a fundraising event benefiting the Women’s Cancer Program at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Her team, Eye of a Tiger, was named in memory of her late mother, who Stein said, “Ran the house and was always so focused and committed to her family and friends.” Each year, Stein’s team raises vital funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness.

“The Run for Her platform brings my family and I such joy,” said Stein. “It’s an opportunity to honor my mom and continue making progress toward advances and treatments. My goal is that one day we will have a cure for all cancers.”

In addition to dollars raised, Stein is raising awareness about family history and knowing ones’ personal cancer predisposition and risk.

“As a BRCA gene carrier, I’m at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer,” said Stein. “This really puts things into perspective.”

Stein has undergone genetic testing and continues to undergo routine breast and ovarian cancer screening, blood draws, ultrasounds, and participates in ongoing clinical research studies at Cedars-Sinai.

“I do not want to sit back and be ignorant about my health. No one is guaranteed tomorrow,” said Stein. “I believe that we must be the best that we can each and every day. And that includes taking care of your own health and future wellbeing.”

On November 15, Stein will virtually join thousands of other participants across the country to fight ovarian cancer. Join her efforts by registering today.

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