Sunday, February 3, 2013

Its Time to Start Running!

Me and my new running partner

Lucas butting in on my photo shoot

Note from Daniel: Hi everyone! Today I would like to blog, because I have so much to say, but mommy has hacked into my account in order to use it for own personal business! Actually, what she has to say does sort of connect to my life as well. Mommy will be running in order to raise support for Shalva, which is a place where I have many friends and girlfriends and I also eat, learn, have therapies and become a much wiser baby in all respects. So I encourage you to read her letter and consider making a donation to a worthy cause and organization! 
Thanks from your beloved baby, 
Daniel

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Dear Friends,

In what has become something of a tradition, I am excited to announce that I will be taking part in the Jerusalem Marathon (well, the half marathon) and again I am running to raise support for Shalva.

And really, that has lately become my motivation for running. Shalva, the Association for Mentally & Physically Challenged Children in Israel, is an amazing organization. Shalva provides a loving and goal-oriented environment where children with special needs from birth through young adulthood can develop the skills required for better lives. Children are admitted to the program regardless of ethnicity, religion or financial status. Shalva means peace of mind in Hebrew.

All of this is very personal to us. Shalva is Daniel's second home in a way. He is there every day receiving therapy and lots of love at the daycare. His teacher admitted to me that Daniel gets kissed a lot while there. I can't say that I blame anyone.

Tony and I are so grateful to Shalva. Daniel is thriving there. He is in his third year in a Shalva program. Having graduated from the Me and My Mommy program, Daniel now goes every day to the daycare.


I run for two reasons: 1. I want to encourage Daniel that we also challenge ourselves to constantly reach for higher goals and 2. I want to show support for and thank Shalva for taking care of our family. I want to express to Shalva that we as Christians appreciate their outreach to us and thank them for including us foreigners in the land in their awesome care.

As an Israeli resident I need to raise about $650. That accounts for just a fraction of the services we receive.


Will you cheer on Daniel and I in both of our training efforts by helping me reach my financial objective?  If you would like to sponsor me, visit my running profile page (http://www.run4shalva.org/view_profile.php?id=632) to donate via credit card; or make a check payable to Shalva and send it to American Friends of Shalva (denoting your support of Nicole Jansezian in the Jerusalem Marathon) at 315 Fifth Avenue, 6th Fl.
New York, NY 10016. All donations to Shalva are 100 percent tax deductible.

The marathon is on March 1, 2013. You can follow the results on Daniel's blog. Of course. 


Thank you in advance for supporting me, the children of Shalva and their families, which now includes us. I look forward to sharing my progress with you!

With love from Jerusalem,
Nicole Jansezian with Tony, Daniel and Lucas too


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