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State Honoree

Janna Zuckerman

New Jersey

Janna Zuckerman, 13, of Edison, N.J., an eighth-grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, organized a walkathon that honored the memory of a family friend who died of breast cancer, and raised more than $16,000 for cancer research. While considering options for a Bat Mitzvah service project, Janna thought about Michelle Offsie, a woman she had known for 10 years who died in early 2002. “I wanted to, in some small way, help other people who were suffering from the same disease,” she said. While doing research on the Internet, Janna learned about the City of Hope’s national “Walk for Hope” fundraiser, and contacted City of Hope officials. They helped her create a plan for a local walkathon. Janna picked a date and began sending letters and registration forms to family members and friends. She also solicited donations of refreshments and water from local businesses. “I had to be very persistent,” she said. More than 250 people registered for Janna’s walkathon, contributing over $16,000 to City of Hope’s cancer research efforts. Janna is planning to hold the second annual Michelle Offsie Memorial Walk for Hope in May, and hopes to continue for many years to come.