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About Mah Jongg and Me

Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).

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Stay Strong Mahj On

This is the clever and wonderful logo from the three young women who have founded Stay Strong and Mahj On. These three women met as interns and developed a strong friendship. Little did they know when they first met that all three of their mothers would face a cancer diagnosis. Alexis Miller, Jordyn Fishman, and Moriah Berry were inspired by their mothers’ strength and courage; they put together a very successful fundraiser last weekend benefitting the nonprofit Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Alexis, Jordyn, and Moriah have told me that they plan to make this an annual event – kudos to them for turning a difficult situation into something very positive. 

Enjoy these photos from the First Annual Stay Strong and Mahj On Fundraiser…

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY…

Our dear friend Donna told me about an amazing Mah Jongg player by the name of Robin…last night I had the pleasure of speaking with Robin by telephone. 

As I learned, Robin recently moved from Calabasas to the central coast area of California and is living in a temporary community until the home she is building is finished in the late fall. As soon as Robin moved into her new home, she started searching for Mah Jongg games. It seemed there were no players but Robin persisted, a teacher was found, lessons were given, and now Robin has a group playing Mahj with her. Robin also was introduced to Donna and Boots and occasionally plays Mahj with them as well.

So, why am I writing today about Robin? Well, this is a very determined lady – she lost a good deal of her vision ten years ago but that hasn’t stopped her from playing her favorite game. She has devised ways to “see” what is exposed on other players’ racks and what tiles are discarded. She has a special lamp known as an Ott Lite that allows her to clearly view her own tiles.

Yes, where there is a will to play our beloved game, no problem will stand in the way.

Enjoy these photos of a very determined lady!

Hmmm…is it possible that Sir Alex is also a Mah Jongg fan?

2Here you can see the Ott Lite helping Robin along with her super-sized Mah Jongg card.
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HOW DO WE FIND HER?

Have you been looking for Toby Salk, one of our great Mah Jongg teachers? Well, if you happen to be in the Bay Area, specifically Berkeley, just look for a car carrying her fabulous license plate!

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STAY STRONG AND MAHJ ON…

THREE INTERNS, BREAST CANCER AND MAH JONGG.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller 

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller

There are certain experiences that bond people for life. For us, it was being daughters of breast cancer warriors. We met during the summer of 2013 when we interned through an internship program and became fast friends. Throughout the school year, the three of us made sure to get together every break when we were home to catch up and reminisce. Our friendship grew. We were there for each other through break-ups, graduations, and even cancer. While other friends might not have understood the impact of watching your mother lose her hair, changing drains, and having to hold a mother’s hand through surgery, we all just got it.

Over Thanksgiving break 2014, we had an idea. Why not plan an event dedicated to our moms, who all have survived breast cancer, and raise awareness? We were all inspired by the shear strength and courage our mothers displayed, and wanted to do something to honor them and all they have done for us. That is how Stay Strong and Mahj On came to fruition. Our mothers are all avid Mah Jongg players, as are we. We could not think of a better way to celebrate our mothers, while working towards a good cause.

The money raised from the event will benefit the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois. This Center has helped our families as well as thousands of others dealing with cancer. We are honored and excited to plan this event, and it is providing a fun diversion to our full-time schoolwork. With your help, we hope to raise enough money to help support a nutritionist for the Cancer Wellness Center and help spread awareness about breast cancer, especially through our personal narratives.

STAY STRONG AND MAHJ ON…

THREE INTERNS, BREAST CANCER AND MAH JONGG.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller 

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller

There are certain experiences that bond people for life. For us, it was being daughters of breast cancer warriors. We met during the summer of 2013 when we interned through an internship program and became fast friends. Throughout the school year, the three of us made sure to get together every break when we were home to catch up and reminisce. Our friendship grew. We were there for each other through break-ups, graduations, and even cancer. While other friends might not have understood the impact of watching your mother lose her hair, changing drains, and having to hold a mother’s hand through surgery, we all just got it.

Over Thanksgiving break 2014, we had an idea. Why not plan an event dedicated to our moms, who all have survived breast cancer, and raise awareness? We were all inspired by the shear strength and courage our mothers displayed, and wanted to do something to honor them and all they have done for us. That is how Stay Strong and Mahj On came to fruition. Our mothers are all avid Mah Jongg players, as are we. We could not think of a better way to celebrate our mothers, while working towards a good cause.

The money raised from the event will benefit the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois. This Center has helped our families as well as thousands of others dealing with cancer. We are honored and excited to plan this event, and it is providing a fun diversion to our full-time schoolwork. With your help, we hope to raise enough money to help support a nutritionist for the Cancer Wellness Center and help spread awareness about breast cancer, especially through our personal narratives.