“Running Rabbi” Hirshel Jaffe outraces cancer

Rabbi Hirshel Jaffe, 78, of Peekskill, is trying to raise $100,000 for cancer research. (4/17/14)

PEEKSKILL - A local rabbi is on a mission to raise $100,000 for cancer research by next month.

Rabbi Hirshel Jaffe, 78, of Peekskill, has devoted his life to teaching the Jewish faithful, writing books and raising money by running marathons.

Known as the "Running Rabbi," Jaffe set a goal for himself to raise $100,000 by mid-May in hope of helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raise money to help find a cure for blood cancer.

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Four weeks ago, Jaffe received what he hopes was his very last chemotherapy treatment ever for blood cancer. He says surviving cancer for the fourth time around has given him a new lease on life. "Some say the end is near, I say the end is far."

Jaffe admits that raising a six-figure sum is tall order, but he says if he can win over cancer four times, he can do anything. "That is my mission. To give courage and hope to my fellow human beings, cancer patients -- all the people who face serious illness, to be able to live their lives with as much purpose and meaning as possible."

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