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Sisters Tracy Stein and Lolly Friedman Miller

To Be Honored at the 10th Annual Hadassah Women of Courage Awards Luncheon 

The Women of Courage Awards is celebrating its 10th year by honoring sisters Lolly Friedman Miller and Tracy Stein at an October 19th luncheon at the Westin Galleria.  The Silent Auction begins at 10:30am, and online registration is available at http://www.hadassah.org/houston/2014WOCLuncheon.

This extraordinary distinction recognizes women who have focused on important issues in the community and gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to being active leaders in various organizations, both Tracy and Lolly have courageously faced their own individual challenges with breast cancer.  The timing of this year’s luncheon, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, creates an opportunity to remind the community about the beneficiary of the luncheon’s fundraising efforts, Hadassah Medical Organization, which conducted groundbreaking work in discovering the mutation which triggers breast cancer and the development of the blood test which reveals its presence.  Hadassah Medical Organization also serves as a bridge to peace -- forging links between patients of all nationalities, races and religion who come to its doors for healing -- which is particularly relevant to today’s international news. 

Lisa Sheinbaum and Eve Lapin are co-chairing the luncheon, Rachel Leva and Rebecca Miller are co-chairing the auction, and Janice Jucker is chairing sponsorships.  If you would like to help make this year’s luncheon a success, please contact them at their respective email addresses:  lisasheinbaum@gmail.com, evelapin@gmail.com, rebeccapricemiller@gmail.com, emailrachel@yahoo.com, and janice@3brothersbakery.com.

Meet the Honorees:

Lolly Friedman Miller

Lolly Friedman Miller began her connection with Hadassah as a pre-teen member of Young Judaea.  She is now a Life Member of Hadassah, and in between, while maintaining an active law practice, she has been instrumental in furthering the missions of many local and national organizations, including the United Jewish Appeal, Jewish Federation, Anti-Defamation League, and Congregation Brith Shalom.  Lolly’s strong leadership in the community has earned her several distinct awards, including the Federation’s Young Leadership Award, the ADL’s first Young Leadership Award, and National ADL’s Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award.  Currently, Lolly sits on M.D. Anderson’s Cancer Survivorship Steering Committee and its Clinical Care Workgroup, which have created and are continuing to develop the Hospital’s system for delivering medical care and support to the large and ever-growing cancer survivor population.  Lolly understands a survivor’s perspective first-hand, having had chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery in the months following her diagnosis in 1994, a stem cell transplant the year after, and a prophylactic hysterectomy a few years later when she tested positive for the BRCA-2 mutation.  Every step of the way during her cancer treatment and survivorship, Lolly’s sister Tracy has been by her side, as she continues to be today as a co-recipient of the Women of Courage Award.

Tracy Stein

Tracy Stein has been involved in many aspects of our community her entire life.  From starting the annual campaign for Beth Yeshurun Day School to co-chairing the first Collage Luncheon with her in-laws and her sister and fellow Women of Courage Honoree Lolly Friedman Miller, Tracy’s leadership of “firsts” in the Jewish community have become long-standing programs.  A former partner with the law firm Jackson Walker, Tracy has been an active leader in the Jewish Federation, Anti-Defamation League, Vanderbilt Hillel, and the Mental Health/ Mental Retardation Agency of Harris County.  In addition, Tracy was president of the American Jewish Committee in Houston and is currently on its National Board of Governors and Board of Project Interchange.  With a history of breast cancer on both sides of her family, as well as her sister Lolly’s diagnosis, Tracy faced her own breast cancer risk head-on, opting for prophylactic mastectomies. Tracy’s personal experience, combined with Hadassah Medical Organization’s instrumental role in the discovery of breast cancer gene mutations and the development of the blood test for them, makes Tracy’s and her daughter’s Hadassah “Life Memberships” even more special.

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