Breast Cancer Advocate Rochelle Shoretz Dies At 42 by the Forward

Breast Cancer Advocate Rochelle Shoretz Dies At 42

Rochelle Shoretz, a longtime advocate for women with cancer, died Sunday from complications of breast cancer. She was 42. Shoretz was the founder of Sharsheret, a national organization for young Jewish women facing breast and ovarian cancer.

Shoretz established the non-profit in 2001, after her own diagnosis at the age of 28.

The organization sought to address the unique challenges young women with cancer face such as fertility, career, and dating.

In an interview with Jewish Women Magazine, Shoretz the impetus for Sharsheret:

Sharsheret also provided a network of mutual support and resource sharing for Jewish women with an increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer due to certain genetic mutations.

Upon learning of her cancer’s return in 2009, Shoretz, a lawyer who had previously clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, told the Forward:

Outpourings of grief on Sunday night followed Sharsheret’s announcement of Shoretz’s death on its website and Facebook page. The organization issued the following statement:

The funeral will be held Monday.


Sarah Breger

Sarah Breger

Sarah Breger is a former editor of the Sisterhood blog. Follow her on Twitter at @sbreger.

Breast Cancer Advocate Rochelle Shoretz Dies At 42

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