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Participants in the Maryland Half Marathon and 5K, founded by Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel of Pikesville, are raising funds for the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a research and teaching facility gifted by Greenebaum’s father, Stewart, and named in honor of his mother, Marlene, a two-time breast cancer survivor.

Now in its seventh year, the race, which typically falls on Mother’s Day weekend, has raised more than $2 million for cancer research, some of which has directly affected Greenebaum’s mother.

“Part of what I like about this whole story,” said Greenebaum, “is that I’m raising money for research,” and it’s Dr. Angela Hartley Brodie, professor of pharmacology and researcher at the Greenebaum Cancer Center who was so instrumental in developing a highly effective breast cancer treatment called aromatase inhibitors, the same class of drugs Greenebaum’s mother takes now, he said.

The race happens on May 9, in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County.

Jewish Women International is providing another special way to appreciate mothers. The Mother’s Day Flower Project is delivering a bouquet and small gifts to mothers living in battered women’s shelters across the United States for a $25 contribution. JWI will also send a Mother’s Day card to any woman a donor chooses to thank for being an inspiration and helping women in need.

“We started the Mother’s Day Flower Project to remember those women who are struggling to rebuild their lives and to remember those children, who are the youngest victims of abuse,” said Lori Weinstein, the organization’s CEO.

“People look forward to it every year,” said Faith Savill, community relations specialist at House of Ruth Maryland, Inc. in Baltimore, a recipient of the program for several years.

Savill said House of Ruth receives many vases of flowers, and they are displayed in common areas so all the clients can appreciate them. In addition, they receive dozens of bottles of OPI nail polish or other small beauty products for clients to choose from as well.

“When you’re experiencing trauma and you don’t have many things around you that belong to you,” she said, “it’s nice to be surrounded by things that are beautiful.”

To order a bouquet visit jwi.org/mothersday.

mgerr@midatlanticmedia.com

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