Jewish Family Service’s Spring Into Healthy Living features exercise, music, medicine, and hope

14th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll
Sunday, May 6
24th Street Park
Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s 14th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll features an 8K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and a 1 Mile run/walk. Families and individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend to walk, run, or just cheer on the participants.

“We always look forward to JFS’s annual Run, Roll, and Stroll,” says Robin Mancoll. “We enjoy participating together as a family while walking (or running) with our friends, and at the same time, supporting an organization doing amazing work in the community.”

“This is our 14th Run, Roll or Stroll and we hope to see everyone that Sunday morning at the oceanfront,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director. “It’s truly a great event for our community.”

The excitement is not just limited to running/walking on the boardwalk. Inside 24th Street Park, attendees will be treated to music by the New 101.3 radio station. Kids of all ages have the opportunity to be transformed thanks to face painter, Ashley Pickin, be dazzled by incredible balloon art creations of Ryan the Balloon Guy, and many additional fun things to explore.

Got gently used (or new) athletic shoes to recycle? Drop them off in shoe recycling bins at the race or at Race Packet Pickup on Friday, May 4. The shoes will be donated to MORE Foundation Group ( JFS hopes to collect at least 50 pairs of shoes. *No street shoes accepted.

Race participants are encouraged to pick up their race packets (bibs, swag bags, etc.) at Race Packet Pickup Friday, May 4, 8 am–4 pm. Packet pickup will be held in the Cardo of the Simon Family JCC, or packets may be picked up on race day if necessary.

This event is sponsored by the Copeland/ Klebanoff families. The finish line is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz.
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Music. Medicine. Hope.
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm
Chrysler Museum

An uplifting evening featuring Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick and Dr. Marie Budev will take place in the Chrysler Museum of Art’s George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Theater.

Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick is an American-born soprano and a two-time double lung transplant recipient. Budev is the medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program and the Macon and Joan Brock Endowed Chair. Together, they will tell an inspiring story of music, medicine, and hope.

Jane Gardner, former local TV news anchor and four-time cancer survivor, will introduce this program and Dr. Kamal Chemali, neurologist and director of Sentara Healthcare’s Music and Medicine Center, will accompany Tillemann-Dick on the piano.

This program is sponsored by Linda H. Kaufman and presented by JFS in partnership with the Brock Institute of Eastern Virginia Medical School, LifeNet Health, WHRO, and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. To register, visit For further details, call 757-333-6232.

About Charity Tillemann-Dick
After receiving a diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in 2004, Charity Tilleman- Dick served as the national spokesperson for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, working to raise awareness, increase federal research funding, expand stem cell research, and promote preventative and alternative medicine. In September 2009, she received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After complications from rejection, she received a second double lung transplant in January 2012. Since receiving her transplant, she has shared her story and vocal talents at numerous conferences and events around the country. Tilleman-Dick has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, CBS This Morning, CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and BBC Radio.

Tilleman-Dick’s memoir, The Encore, was published in October 2017. She has performed throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2014, Tilleman-Dick released her debut album, American Grace, which reached #1 on the Traditional Classical charts on Billboard.

About Dr. Marie Budev
The medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Lung Transplant and Heart and Lung Transplant program, Dr. Marie Budev completed her residency and chief residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and went on to subspecialize in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, as well.

Budev joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic in 2005 and specializes in the treatment of adult patients who have end-stage lung disease and congenital heart diseases who are refractory to further medical and surgical therapies.

She is the primary investigator for multiple clinical trials focusing on reducing chronic rejection and antibody-mediated in lung transplant recipients.

Spring Into Healthy Living is sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: TowneBank and Lead Sponsor: The Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation.

*Of blessed memory

– Amy Cobb