There are certain experiences that bond people for life. For Alexis, Moriah and Jordan, it was being daughters of breast cancer warriors. They met during the summer of 2013 when they interned through a Chicago Jewish Federation program and became fast friends. Throughout the school year, they were committed to get together when home from college to catch up and reminisce. The friendship grew and they supported each other through break-ups, college graduations, and even cancer. While other friends might not have understood the impact of watching your mother lose her hair, managing her drains, and holding her hand before and after surgery, they each understood.
Over Thanksgiving break 2014, they had an idea. Why not plan an event to raise breast cancer awareness and dedicate it to their mothers. They were all inspired by the shear strength and courage their mothers displayed during their breast cancer treatment and beyond, and wanted to do something to honor them. That is how Stay Strong and Mahj On came to fruition. Their mothers are all avid Mah Jongg players, as are their daughters. We could not think of a better way to celebrate them, while working towards a good cause.
After a successful Chicago event in 2015, Alexis decided to take this concept nationwide, thus creating a 501(c)3 organization. Stay Strong and Mahj On held events in 2016 in New York City and Chicago and will be hosting a Philadelphia event in 2017. The goal of Stay Strong and Mahj On is to continue these fundraisers throughout the country, raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. Just as breast cancer affects those of all ages and backgrounds, Mah Jongg is becoming an inter-generational and multicultural game.
Pictured from left – Jordyn Fishman, Moriah Berry, Alexis Miller.