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Jori Zemel Bone Cancer Walk Raises More than $48,000

Jori Zemel Bone Cancer Walk Raises More than $48,000
Event to Become an Annual One

M. D. Anderson News Release 05/14/03

In its first year, the Jori Zemel Bone Cancer Walk raised more than $48,000 for pediatric osteosarcoma research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

With a heartfelt desire to eradicate childhood bone cancer after losing their daughter Jori to the disease, the Zemel family and Jori's friends organized the 5k event that attracted more than 2,000 participants March 23. The course began and ended at Clear Lake High School, the high school Jori would have attended, had she not lost her battle with osteosarcoma at the age of 14.

"We had such an incredible support group - Jori's friends, other parents and the community. The spotlight really needs to be on them," says Jori's mother, Nina Zemel. "They stood by Jori through her treatment, and now they are giving from the heart to a cause that has touched us all very deeply."

"Jori was a very special person - she wrote wonderful poetry, which was very advanced for her age," says Norman Jaffe, M.D., professor of pediatrics, "She was such a sensitive person, and she is greatly missed."

In addition to the run, organizers, including the honorary chair Houston City Council Member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, M.D., held a silent auction.

"We're already working on next year's event," says Jori's father, Brook Zemel. "It's a long-term commitment. We're going to make progress in the fight against this disease so that others don't have to go through what we've experienced."


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