Remembering Elana Waldman 1973-2013

Eulogy given by Rabbi Yael Splansky for Elana Waldman who succumbed to advanced ovarian cancer after close to eight incredible years of ups and downs and inspiring others.

In August 2010, Elana Waldman introduced herself to the Chatelaine audience. She told us how five years ago she’d been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and that at 37, she had beaten the 30 percent survival-rate she was initially given.

Over the next three years, she was brave enough to share with us her multiple battles with chemotherapy, her fears and concerns for her young daughter Sydney — and more importantly — the happiness she felt come holidays and celebrations.

In late May 2013, Elana’s friends at It’s Time To Shout (the site she created to give those with ovarian cancer a voice) received an email letting them know that, after close to eight years living with ovarian cancer, Elana was told that there wasn’t anything more that could be done — her husband informed them of her passing on June 4.

Below is the audio from Elana’s eulogy that was given by her rabbi on June 6 in Toronto. To make a donation in her name please visit The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation site.

You can read all of Elana’s posts here