Hoboken Public Education Foundation Co-Founder and President Shirael Pollack passed away last night after a nearly two-year battle with stomach cancer.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Pollack, 39, was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer back in the fall of 2017 and still continued to work for the Mile Square City-based non-profit until her final days, friends told HCV.
In a Facebook post from November 24th, 2017, Pollack expressed optimism and enthusiasm, despite just receiving the bad news about her health.
“I was recently diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer, which gave me the opportunity to reflect and appreciate my work with HobokenPEF so much more. On my journey with this disease, I have met so many doctors and health care professionals who have committed their lives to helping others through science,” she wrote.
“And I have learned that these professionals became inspired to do so while attending public schools. Their experiences in school as young students resonated with them and helped shape who they are today. This#GivingTuesday I am so thankful for being alive and so proud of the exceptional work that the Hoboken Public Education Foundation does for @hobokenpublicschools.”
According to the HobokenPEF website, Pollack had lived in the city since 2007 and worked as a pediatric physical therapist. She was also the chair of fundraising for the National Autism Association NY Metro Chapter.
She is survived by her husband and two daughters.