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Marathon Runner Janie Shina Refuses to Stand Still
By Paul Isso :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 :: 78209 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Chaldean-American Janie Shina, 24, of West Bloomfield, Michigan is counting on the generosity of the Chaldean community.  Shina has been called on a mission to run a marathon to help fight cancer.  The longtime Cancer Society volunteer felt it was time to take on a fraction of the challenge that cancer victims face daily. 

Shina, describes an incident in which she felt she was “called” to help.  “Before the New Year, I wrote down the things that I wanted to accomplish during 2007, and running the marathon was one of them,” said Shina.  “And a week later, I received a letter from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society requesting volunteers. Gods works mysteriously…this was my calling.”

“I have always wanted to run the Marathon to fight for the cure of Cancer. It has been a goal of mine for a long period of time,” Shina says. “As 2007 approached, I said, ‘I will do it this year,’ and with community support and prayers, this will happen! I will be able to run 26.2 miles in San Diego, California on June 3, 2007 to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma!”   

Helping to champion the cause to find a cure, Janie Shina has been involved for nearly a decade.  According to Shina, her devotion in helping to find a cure was sparked by the loss of her beloved uncle when she was a teenager.  “I have had the passion to fight back against cancer since 1999 when my Uncle died of lung cancer,” said Shina. 

The Wayne State University, Nutrition and Food Science alum has not stopped since she decided to get involved in finding a cure.  From bake sales to marathons this Chaldean superwoman refuses to sit idle.   “I have been volunteering for the American Cancer Society since 1999, and I also participated in the Relay-4-Life the past few years and was a team leader,” said Shina.  “I have also participated in the Aids walk and March of Dimes in the past.  I also support events such as bake sales that help to raise money,” said Shina.  “I held a successful bake sale last year for a little girl who struggled from a rare cancer found in kids, and raised over $1,100,” Shina says with delight.

Shina’s yearly plans not only consist of supporting cancer and cures for other diseases but educating and hosting fundraisers to help those in need.  Shina’s passion is remarkably contagious.  Her beautiful smile and exuberance has inspired many other Chaldeans to become more involved.   “Seeing my patients, and a special friends, struggle with cancer drives me to push myself to succeed my goal.”

So far, Shina has raised nearly $2,000 strictly from online donations.  The enterprising young lady has established an online presence hoping friends, family, and other’s hurt by the horrible pain of cancer decide to support her efforts and join the campaign towards a cure  (www.active.com/donate/tntmi/tntmiJShina). 

Shina is working with Team In Training, which is the largest endurance sports training program in the world.   She hopes to run 26.2 miles in 4.5 hours.  Team In Training is coaching and Shina to make her marathon goal a reality.  

Collectively, the team hope to raise over $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.  Hopefully one day this Chaldean champion will see the end of a disease that has made so many suffer. 

 


 

Mr. Paul Isso is the lead community and political journalist for www.CHALDEAN.org in Michigan .  Mr. Isso is attending  Wayne State University Law School and serves the Chaldean community by covering complex political and legal issues along with Chaldean community events held in Michigan .  Mr. Isso can be reached at info@chaldean.org.

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.