Martha Gershun is a retired nonprofit executive living outside Kansas City, Missouri. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), working with 1,200 abused and neglected children each year in their quest to find safe permanent homes. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New Yorker, SELF magazine, The Kansas City Star, and The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. Gershun is married to Don Goldman, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Greater Kansas City. Their children, Nathan Goldman and Sarah Goldman, are both writers.
I married a vegan.
Actually, I didn’t. I married a perfectly normal, omnivorous man, who was perfect in every way.
Top-tier MBA:…check. Likes art and movies and plays and concerts: check. Reads science fiction: check. Loves to travel: check. Likes my cat: check. Likes my parents: check. My parents like him: double check. He was also kind, thoughtful, romantic, and funny — and had unbelievably exquisite taste in jewelry. That was 29 years ago, and I… >> Read More
It ended with an email that read: “On your 61st birthday, you will have completed your commitment as a member of the Be The Match Registry®.”
After 23 years, I have aged out. My bone marrow…is now too old to save a life. And not just any life. I am too old to save a very particular life. She was 6 years old, suffering from aplastic anemia, when I signed on with the bone marrow donor registry in 1994. Today she would be 29, if she is still alive, saved by… >> Read More