You may already know that I’m training to run the Lifetime Miami Half Marathon this January. Running a is a personal challenge, but I’m not in this just for the glory. I’m running for something important. I am running to raise money for Chai Lifeline, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families. I heard about this and I had to do something. However, I know I can’t do it alone. I need your help.
Every year before signing up 2 thoughts are running through my mind. First and foremost I think about the challenge I am taking on to raise a large amount of money. The second challenge is finding the time and energy to train for the 1/2 marathon. The weather can also be a challenge. Yet I still sign up knowing that the money I raise can make a difference in a child's life.
This year I am running in honor of 2 people who are fighting cancer. Roz Naor is a 16 year old boy in my community, the son of a good friend of mine. He is on the path of recovery but is still receiving treatments. A friend of mine Miriam Esther is battling cancer and is currently going through chemotherapy.
Chai Lifeline is a wonderful organization that provides year–round emotional, social, and financial support to more than 4,500 children and their families every year. Chai Lifeline´s programs and activities change their lives forever, returning joy and hope and enabling them to live full and happy lives despite the presence of illness. Its most famous program is Camp Simcha and its sister camp, Camp Simcha Special. Every year these two camps offer 450 kids a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again. To get a better idea of what Chai Lifeline does for families, please watch the videos below. I know they will touch your heart the way they touched mine.
Training is not easy, but neither is dealing with illness. If the children of Chai Lifeline can fight each day, if they can push themselves to go through hospital stays and treatments, I can do this for them. But I can't do this without your support. I need your help to raise as much money as possible for these kids. So please, push the donate button and help me put smiles on the faces of sick children. Let's do this together! Let's make dreams come true.
Best - Risa