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I met Ellen Schwartz years ago. I can’t even remember how many years ago but it was certainly over 5 years ago. Ellen spoke about her son Jacob, the foundation she established and more. Here’s the condensed version: Ellen has a son with a neurodegenerative disease called Canavan Disease and there is no cure.

I went to yet a second event where Ellen was teaching us how to make Challah (a Jewish braided type of bread served every Sabbath). I remember her telling us that every Friday morning she bakes challah. I was impressed.  She then told us that she bakes one challah for  her family and one to give away. I was floored.

I was touched by her thoughtfulness. Her strength. Her ability to think of OTHERS when her life was stressful. It spoke VOLUMES about what type of person she was.

Ellen and her husband Jeff, created a foundation called Jacob’s Ladder in 1998 that aims to benefit children like Jacob and reduce the occurence of neurodegenerative diseases.

This weekend, Jake’s Gigantic Give, will be taking place where children can feel the power of giving back, Nov. 27 and 28th, between 10 and 4, at the Giving Store, 150 Lesmills Road. It’s a truly unique concept and I hope you click on the link so you can read more details about the event.

I feel so lucky to know so many awesome women like Ellen and Stacy (see last weeks blog entry about Zareinu).

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3 Responses to “Awesome Woman #2: Ellen Schwartz”

  1. November 23rd, 2010 at 07:01 | #1

    Women supporting women!! There is nothing better if you ask me! loving your posts!! 🙂

  2. Donna Glassman
    November 23rd, 2010 at 07:24 | #2

    good for you Vicky. Ellen’s a great girl. My gmail address has not received the last couple of weeks. Please add me back. The site looks great.

  3. robyn
    November 23rd, 2010 at 11:26 | #3

    Shannon is performing there at 11:30. I am so glad you are bringing this cause to the attention of other people. Great Vicky.

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