Denny Feinsilver was a champion of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was a committed volunteer, fundraiser and advocate for the facility that saved her husband’s life. Denny threw all her energy into Sylvester, earning her the Caroline Halpern award, a prestigious honor from Sylvester given to the top volunteer.
“She dedicated her entire life to giving,” Corey said of her mother, Denny. “She was really one of those people that left everyone feeling a little bit better about themselves and a little bit happier.”
Denny’s children, Corey and Zack Feinsilver, are riding in DCC VI in honor of their mother, who courageously battled cancer for seven years. The duo has fundraised over $20,000 so far, the most of any rookie fundraisers.
“The real reason we’ve done so well is not due to us,” Zack said. “It’s due completely to people’s love for our mom. She was a very magnetic person and people adored her.”
Corey and Zack have been able to take their pain and turn it into something positive. Corey believes their mother would be on cloud nine knowing her children are raising such an impressive amount of money for Sylvester.
“I think the DCC is a great and easy opportunity to raise money for cancer research in her honor,” Corey said. “But from the bottom of my heart, we really are all in this together. This is our generation’s epidemic. It’s really about all of us.”
In addition to riding in honor of their mother, Corey and Zack are also participating for their father, Paul Feinsilver, whose life was saved by the doctors at Sylvester.
“We’re so excited about the direction Sylvester is moving in right now,” Corey said. “We’re excited about the work Dr. Stephen Nimer is doing and I know we’re going to do this. I know we’re going to cure this disease.”
The first-time participants will be riding alongside thousands of other passionate cancer fighters on Feb. 20, while other family members will be participating in the DCC 5K.
“It will be a tradition for our family and I hope each year we get bigger,” Corey said. “Yes, Team Denny is named Team Denny… but it’s really Team Everybody. Find one person whose life has not been touched by this disease.”