In 2006, Founder Marni Levine, a 4th degree black belt in Krav Maga and the highest-ranking female instructor in the world, began a personal battle against breast cancer. A superior Krav Maga instructor, great wife, wonderful mother, and a true friend to many, Marni’s devotion to the practice of Krav Maga and her ability to share her knowledge and skills in all her facets of life helped to successfully advance many aspects of Krav Maga Worldwide’s programs. After a long fight, Marni passed away at the age of 37.

From Krav Maga Worldwide's Chief Instructor Darren Levine

It has been ten years since my beloved wife, Marni, died of breast cancer at the age of 37, leaving behind our two daughters, Jordyn Rose and Brooke Eryn, her family and innumerable loving friends and admirers.

As co-founder of the Krav Maga Association of America, Marni was a fighter who never believed in giving up. Marni was known internationally as a woman devoted to helping other women protect themselves. Marni's wish was for doctors to learn more about breast cancer and how to beat it. Marni wanted to help make a difference in the fight against the disease. To honor Marni’s strength, will and courage, and to continue her legacy of fighting cancer, Krav Maga Worldwide™ established The Marni Fund, a program dedicated to funding innovative cancer research.

Marni's life touched thousands of other people. Marni made a difference to so many of these people. Although we still feel an acute loss, there is also a sense of great comfort knowing that through STOP CANCER’s designation of The Marni Fund, Marni's fight lives on. Marni's spirit lives on. Groundbreaking women’s cancer research is being funded to develop improved treatments, new diagnostic procedures and the ultimate goal – A CURE.

This year STOP CANCER's annual 5k/10k Run/Walk will be held on October 23 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. Krav Maga Worldwide will be participating in the Run/Walk and raising money for The Marni Fund via donations. Please click on The Marni Fund logo below for details about the event and if you are training with us in our HQ Training Centers in Los Angeles, keep an eye out for more details about what we'll be doing and how to get involved.

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It has been nine years since my beloved wife, Marni, died of breast cancer at the age of 37, leaving behind our two daughters, Jordyn Rose and Brooke Eryn, her family and innumerable loving friends and admirers. Although we still feel an acute loss, there is also a sense of great comfort knowing that through STOP CANCER’s designation of The Marni Fund, groundbreaking women’s cancer research is being funded to develop improved treatments, new diagnostic procedures and the ultimate goal – A CURE.

As co-founder of the United States Association of Krav Maga, the official Israeli Self-Defense system used by U.S. law enforcement agencies and others worldwide, Marni was a fighter who never believed in giving up. Marni was known internationally as a woman devoted to helping other women protect themselves. To that end, we are reaching out to you for your continued support to keep her indomitable spirit alive. Her final wish was to use her battle with cancer as an impetus to help others and find a cure for this horrific disease.

Following Marni's death, Krav Maga held its first "Fight for Life" fundraiser, the proceeds of which helped provide the seed funding for The Marni Fund. Thanks to supporters such as you, The Marni Fund has since raised well over $1,000,000 and has been able to expand its support to include nineteen research projects conducted by eleven world-class cancer researchers. Because of the unique arrangement STOP CANCER has with the three NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers it supports – UCLA’s Jonsson, USC Norris and City of Hope, each research award given is matched dollar for dollar with in-kind support, effectively doubling the value of each donation. This means that the funds raised to date have a full value of more than $2 million.

Our biggest event is almost here!!!

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Please support our efforts by participating in the STOP CANCER 5/10 K Run-Walk on Sunday, September 20, 2015!

Please read the attached flier and please join TEAM LEVINE by accessing it at: www.stopcancerrunwalk.org.

If you live too far away, you can virtually participate by making a charitable donation to The Marni Fund. Jordyn, Brooke and I thank you on behalf of our entire family and from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely yours,

Darren Levine

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