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In Memory of Nancy Shimansky

Created by Matthew Sands

Matthew Sands

As my Bar Mitzvah approaches this October 2018 , I wanted to start thinking about how I can make a difference. As many of you know, my Grandma Nancy passed away six years ago in October 2012 from Multiple Myeloma. I miss her very much, especially on occasions like this where I know she would have been so happy for me. I wanted to do something in her memory, to help others fight that disease, and so decided to do a Cross fit Fundraiser. I've been doing cross fit for almost two years now and I love it. All funds raised will be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) which is an organization dedicated to finding a cure. We are planning on holding a cross fit class for kids and adults on October 6 and I will also be doing a personal cross fit challenge in my weekly classes. I will send out emails with that week's challenge should you choose to sponsor me for that week !

You can sign up (email sign up below) and donate (RIGHT HERE) as follows:

1) Cross fit class for adults and kids on Saturday 10.6 at 11am

WITH AWESOME fundraising T-shirt!)...............$ 40

Class ONLY (no T)..............................................$ 30

T-shirt Only (too tired or weak for the class).......$ 20

2) Weekly Personal Cross Fit Challenge - Donate a total sum or per repetition each week

Week 1 -->
How many burpees in 1 min ................. $.50 - $1 per burpee
(Est. 15-20 total)
Week 2 -->
How many air squats in 1 min ............ $.50 - $1 per air squat
(Est. 30-35 total)
Week 3 -->
How many pull ups in 30 secs ................... $.50 - $1 per P/U
(Est. 10-15 total)


Looking forward to growing stronger together.


About the MMRF:
The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts.  Since its inception, the organization has raised over $330 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit

Guest Book



1. Matthew Sands
2. Tina Schweid
Mazel Tov! The Schweid Family
3. Erica Cantatore
4. Judy Maisel
Great job Matty!!
5. Matthew Maisel Maisel
6. Lois Ades
Matthew what at lovely, thoughtful idea. We are honored to contribute to such a caring cause.
7. Mary Beth Plotzke
8. Sharon Rozenthal
9. Jessica Berenbroick
Congrats Matthew! What a great fundraising idea. -Oliver Berenbroick
10. Jennifer Aboudi
11. Elizabeth Hecker
12. Erica Park
cant wait to see you this sat. Erica and Derek
13. Christopher Schilling
Matthew great cause and great work. Congratulations on your Bar Mitzvah. I know Nancy would be so proud as i know your Dad is as well. Good work young man!
14. Kevin Schliem
What a fantastic tribute! Mazel Tov Matthew, Kevin Schliem
15. Erika Jacob
16. Tara Jagid
17. Laurie Kaiden
Go Matthew! Nice way to honor your Grandma and commemorate your BM by helping others. I'm looking forward to the class and the BM. xo, Laurie & family
18. Shani Weiss
Matthew-What a great Mitzvah Project! Mazel Tov to you and your whole family! We can't wait to celebrate soon! xo-The Weiss's
19. Ari Bloch
What a great tribute to your grandma Ari Bloch
20. Debby Vellozzi
Good luck! Jacob Vellozzi
21. Samantha Karageorge
Happy to support such a wonderful cause! Mazel Tov Matthew. Can't wait to celebrate!
22. Jonathan Damashek
23. Andrea Slowikowski
24. Dana Koblenz
Great Project Mazal Tov!
25. Aunt Donna & Uncle Michael
So touched by your Mitzvah Project in memory of your Grandma Nancy. She would be very proud of you and we are too. Love, Aunt Donna & Uncle Michael
26. Amy Kent
27. Anonymous
28. Jennifer Aboudi
29. Debra Shandel
Mazel Tov Marty! Great job on the fund raiser. Can’t wait!
30. Laurence Cohen
Keep it up Matty !
31. Anonymous
32. Kopelman Family
33. Andree Cohen
Dear Matthew, I am very proud of you for thinking of your Grandma. wishing you the very best. Love Nonna
34. Claudia Winter
In memory of Nancy & Hardin Davis. ??
35. Saul A Shimansky
Excellent project Matthew!
36. Mary Ellen Congleton
Great job Matthew! Your grandmother is watching over you and beaming with pride!
37. Fran Farese
This is such an amazing thing to be doing! Your Grandmother would be VERY proud of you and this fundraiser. Good luck!!!
38. Andrew Hurewitz
Great job Mathew!! Love The Hurewitz’s ??
39. Jamie Corsair
Good luck Matthew ! Love the Corsair’s
40. Matthew Sands

For a Tribute page created prior to January 2017, 
please contact Amy Crawford 652-0221. 
Thank you for your support.


For donations please mail to: 
P.O. Box 414238 
Boston, MA 02241-4238

MMRF Offices: 
383 Main Ave., 5th Floor 
Norwalk, CT 06851

The MMRF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 
Tax ID:06-1504413 
Your contribution is tax deductible.