Mother's bout with cancer inspired Sarah Keil Chernoff's volunteerism
In June, Morris, NJ, Patch writer Todd Cohen shared the inspiring story of Beachwood resident Sarah Keil Chernoff with Beachwood Patch. In the nine months since finding out her mother had pancreatic cancer, Chernoff, her mother Wendy Keil and other members of her family raised $130,000 through PurpleStride walks around the country to fund cancer research. On Tuesday, Wendy Keil died. However, Cohen writes, her legacy lives on. Read more at Morris Patch.
Resident Sarah Keil Chernoff's mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the least-funded cancers researched
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Todd Cohen
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Growing up, the Keil household was always filled with plenty of laughter. With two parents blessed with a keen sense of humor, Beachwood resident Sarah Keil Chernoff could always come back to her New Jersey home for a good chuckle and a laid-back environment. So when Sarah’s father, Gordon, called a formal family meeting for her and her siblings late last year, she knew something wasn’t right. “We didn’t usually have serious conversations like that,” said Chernoff, whose mother, Wendy, had just survived a three-year battle with breast cancer. “My parents have always been very honest with us and told us what was going on. Obviously, it was upsetting.” Eventually, the family learned that Wendy had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, …