Cheryl Herman has a positive attitude for life. This was especially evident when she established a special fund at Fox Chase Cancer Center in tribute to her beloved sister, Eileen Stein Jacoby.
In 1996, at the age of 42, Eileen had a routine mammogram. Her doctor detected a pea-sized mass of cells that would later turn out to be breast cancer – ductal carcinoma. After a three-year struggle with the disease, this mother, sister, daughter, wife and friend passed away.
A year after Eileen’s passing, Cheryl and her family decided to turn a very negative event in their lives into something positive. Cheryl threw her energies into developing The Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund as a lasting tribute to her sister’s life.
With tremendous support from her husband Scott, her children, Justin and Jillian, her parents Harold and Pauline Stein, her brother and sister in-law, Mitch and Julie Stein, and niece and nephew Alison and Evan Epstein, The Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund at Fox Chase Cancer Center was established in 2000.
Small but mighty, The Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund has achieved a tremendous amount during its first decade.The fund supports a talented research team and its fundraising efforts have had a tremendous impact on their work. The fund initially supported the laboratory of molecular biologist and geneticist, Andrew Godwin, PhD (who has since left the institution). The fund sponsored Dr. Xiaowei Chen (pictured at podium above) when he first joined Dr. Godwin’s laboratory in 2002. Dr. Chen’s studies examine the hereditary and non-hereditary factors that influence an individual’’s risk of developing breast cancer and theirs response to therapy.
The Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund is run completely by volunteers. Every penny that they have raised over the years has gone solely toward cancer research.
The many fundraising activities organized by Cheryl and her army of committee members and volunteers have included an annual bowling benefit, golf outing, shopping sprees and special events at various businesses, holiday gift-wrapping at a local mall, sporting event trips, breast cancer apparel sales, trips to Broadway shows, breast cancer awareness events for students, charity concerts, square dances and more!
Cheryl and Scott’s daughter, Jillian, is the student volunteer coordinator for the fund and was recently honored with a philanthropy award at her high school. Their son, Justin, is enrolled in medical school in Philadelphia.