Del Mar resident among honorees for Jewish American Heritage Month

Del Mar resident Robin Rady, founder and chief executive officer of metugo, is one of two honorees during Jewish American Heritage Month.

As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor these Jewish Americans as local heroes. Rady and Virginia Gordon, outreach coordinator, J Street San Diego, will be recognized in May at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.

Rady was diagnosed with breast cancer and the BRCA2 gene mutation in 2011. Her treatment consisted of many medical procedures, physical therapy and multiple medications. Overwhelmed with the reports, paperwork and records of all her treatments and appointments, she organized her “medical life” into a binder. After her recovery in 2012, she created the metugo organizer, designed for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. She rallied family and friends to volunteer to help meet the growing demand for the “hope in a binder.” By the end of 2015, it is estimated that she will have provided more than 1,000 organizers to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. In 2014, she was named San Diego Business Journal Health Care Champion and was also a finalist of the journal’s Women Who Mean Business list.

Gordon has been the outreach coordinator for J Street San Diego since 2012. Her work helped build a new, 1,500-member chapter with 40 activists. Her role includes overseeing policy; recruiting, training and managing new leadership; fundraising and advocating J Street positions in five Congressional Districts; and representing the chapter at national events. She holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and conducts educational research at UCSD.

“These local heroes embody Union Bank’s values of giving back,” said Union Bank Managing Director and Head of Consumer and Business Banking Pierre P. Habis. “Together, in partnership with KPBS, we celebrate their extraordinary contributions to the San Diego community.”

“Our community is strengthened by the contributions of remarkable individuals like Virginia Gordon and Robin Rady,” said KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo. “We are honored to partner with Union Bank to celebrate the efforts of these extraordinary San Diegans and to provide our viewers with programming that showcases the cultural diversity of the region through the Local Heroes program.”

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