OMG, I'm running a freakin' marathon

Adina Ciment

Well, a half-marathon.

For anyone who knows me, you know that the extent of my exercise involves standing up to change the channels on the TV instead of using the remote. I like elevators and escalators. I know I owned a bike once, but I'm not quite sure what happened to it after that first ride.

So running in a half-marathon might seem a little crazy.

But so is finding out your kid has a brain tumor. So is watching him recover from a craniotomy and deal with medications, and side-effects, and new challenges that inevitably come up whenever someone has to take a peek into your skull. Crazy is knowing that there is so little research into pediatric brain tumors. Crazy is knowing too many people who have lost children, who have watched children suffer, and who have run more significant, excruciating marathons that last years and lifetimes.

But Chai Lifeline puts the crazy aside and focuses on the kids that need to be reminded how to be kids again, even in the face of pain and suffering. They provide 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. I have seen this first hand when Chai Lifeline stepped in and quite literally saved us from the chaos and heartache surrounding my son's diagnosis.

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. My son was invited to be a camper this past summer and his experience was nothing short of transformative. You can read about just one of his experiences here:

After his experience and seeing what Chai Lifeline did to help my family and my son, I knew I had to do something to help them.

Because not helping this organization, well, that would really be crazy.

Training is not easy, but neither is dealing with illness. Every step I take during my 5 AM runs reminds me of the kids I have met through my son and through Chai Lifeline. I'm running for them. I'm running for my son.

I'm running for Chai Lifeline.

And omg, I'm running a freakin marathon. Half-marathon.

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 - Adina



raised of $22,000 goal


1. Jeff And Tzipi Simon
2. The Estate of Rabbi Dr. Moshe Weiss z"l
From Zaydie Moshe z"l in honor of his granddaughter Adina Weiss Ciment and his great grandson Binny Ciment.
3. Daniel Katz
It's our honor to support one of KYHS BEST teachers as well as on honor to support such a wonderful Tzedaka!
4. Avi Ciment
So Proud
5. Haviv Zahav
Thank you for bringing my attention to such a beautiful cause! You are keeping in the tradition of your father, mother and entire family in continuing to inspire those around you. Keep up the great work and may your family only know health and happiness.
6. Hannah Roth
Running? Seriously? You? Thank you for being such an inspiration! With Love, Your 3am Friend xo