days later Randi was at home in New
York with Zach, her cellphone next to
her, waiting for Sandler to call with the
results. When she heard the doctor say
“cancer,” she froze. ;e tears began to
flow. She didn’t hear anything else, she
says. Zach asked most of the questions.
Let’s not rush to panic, he thought, let’s
figure out what we’re up against.
Still emotional, Randi called her
mother, Devon Burak, who told her to
get on a train and come home. Ran-
di’s two sisters, who also lived in New
York City, dropped everything when
they heard. Her sister Erin, who is 15
months older, screamed into the phone,
then dashed out of her o;ce to meet
her husband, Evan, at their apartment.
;ey tossed some clothes into a bag and
left for Penn Station. Randi’s younger
sister, Jamie, ran straight to the train
station from work. ;e three girls had
grown closer as they got older. ;ey’d
had a love-hate relationship when they
were younger, as sisters often do. Randi
would lock her bedroom door when
friends were over and refuse to let her
little sister in. Jamie would sit in their
Randi (right) was diagnosed with breast
cancer at 28. Her sister, Erin Silverman,
became her surrogate in 2017.