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S AN ELEGY FOR ANDI: An American-born poet who vividly described her battle with cancer is being remembered with a prize that will bear her name. The annual Andrea Moriah Memorial Poetry Prize will be established at Bar-Ilan University's Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, honoring the memory of "a highly valued member of the community of English poets in Israel," according to her sister, Wendy Sandler. Moriah, who died last June at the age of 60, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in parts of the Midwestern United States and upstate New York. She immigrated to Israel in 1976. Moriah is survived by three children. "It is hard to believe that she came to poetry late, for what she brought with her was intellectually striking, hard-earned, yet seemingly natural, innate," said poet and Bar-Ilan poetry instructor Linda Zisquit. Persons wishing to contribute to the establishment of the prize may contact Sandler at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Mordechai I. Twersky ) S BIKE FOR A CURE: Yarden Frankl will scale mountains in search of a cure for his wife, Stella, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer last June. On November 9, the Potomac, Maryland, native will embark on a 260-kilometer bike ride from Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights to the couple's Neve Daniel home to help fund her treatment. "So what can I do?" asked Frankl, 45, on his blog, Crossing the Yarden [Jordan]. "If I could cure cancer, I would. But I don't have enough time to go to medical school and spend decades in a lab trying to create a new drug. I ride a bike. That's what I do." Proceeds will go to the Oncology Department of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where Stella - a 45-year-old native of Ithica, New York, and a mother of four - is being treated. (Mordechai I. Twersky ) S RIDE STRONG: Over 60 recreational cyclists from Canada, the United States and Australia participated this week in the fifth annual Courage in Motion bicycle ride organized by Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel. They rode across parts of northern and central Israel alongside some 60 disabled Israeli veterans, including Koby Leon, who won the silver medal in handbike at the 2012 London Paralympics. "The bonuses are you get to visit Israel and support and cycle with some of the 51,000 injured soldiers who have made it possible for there to be an Israel," said Lisa Levy, national executive director of Beit Halochem Canada. According to Levy, approximately $300,000 has been raised for riding equipment and rehabilitation programs for veterans and victims of terrorism at the Beit Halochem centers in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva. For information about future rides, visit www.courageinmotion.ca. (Andrew Esensten ) Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? E-mail us at email@example.com.
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