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Einstein Student Forms Colon Cancer Challenge Team to Raise Awareness

March 3, 2004 -- (BRONX, NY) Elie Kobrin is a second-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. When he learned recently that the medical school and its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, were sponsoring the first-ever, annual Colon Cancer Challenge, Mr. Kobrin sprang into action. He formed the Einstein Pacesetters, a team of Einstein medical students and faculty who will run or walk in the March 14th event, which will be held in Central Park in conjunction with the New York Road Runners and is presented by the Daily News.

The Challenge is not Mr. Kobrin’s first charity run. Last November, he teamed with a friend whose father is battling multiple myeloma to raise funds to support a cancer program while running the NYC Marathon.

While his exposure to the ravages of cancer has been mostly limited to charitable events, healing appears to be in Mr. Kobrin’s blood. Both his father and grandfather are physicians and his mother is a psychoanalyst. Even as an undergraduate who was still undecided about pursuing medicine as a profession, he conducted clinical research and he volunteered on the oncology ward of the University of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Hospital.

“My experience working with the children was tremendously rewarding. I was touched and impressed by their determination to remain kids in the face of all the challenges of their illness,” he says.

A native of Minnesota, Mr. Kobrin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has completed two NYC Marathons and will compete in the men’s half-marathon during the Challenge.

“I’m excited about the Colon Cancer Challenge and the opportunity to support programs at Einstein and Montefiore. I had wanted to do that when I ran the marathon, but it wasn’t possible. The Challenge is an event for a great cause that allows us students to give something back to the institutions that guide our development as future doctors and researchers. It also takes place on Albert Einstein’s birthday.” 

He adds, “There’s something very appropriate about a team of Einstein students and faculty coming together on Einstein’s birthday.*”

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