I don’t run. I don’t jog, but I do walk. I have also NEVER ran a marathon. Guess what? In the next 6 months, I will be training to run my first ever half marathon. That’s 13.1 miles or 21 km.
I've been talking about doing something significant, something meaningful and something important to me to mark and give importance to the upcoming 10 year anniversary since my mother in law Eva’s passing.
David and I were privileged in 2005 to move in with my in laws and live with my mother in law for the duration of her illness. I traveled with her to many appointments, tests, and procedures and spent her last 5 weeks with her in the hospital on a daily basis just chilling and reading magazines, sipping starbucks and making the “Best Of It”. Unfortunately her life was cut short at the age of 59 on December 11, 2006, after a 3 year courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Making the "Best Of It” is what Chai Lifeline aims to accomplish each and everyday. Chai Lifeline provides social, emotional and at times financial support to families that are affected by cancer or a lifelong illness. Chai Lifeline provides relief through volunteers for parents who have difficulty leaving their child’s bedside, but need some time to recharge to be there for their kid. They provide toys & gifts and more to the kids – their volunteers really care and make the kids laugh and bring happiness to an otherwise difficult situation. Chai Lifeline also provides big brother and sisters and other support to siblings of the sick child.
That is why I am giving it my all on Sunday, January 29th 2017, as I will be lacing up for the kids. Because that is what my mother in law lived for; her kids, both at home and at school. My objective is to raise at least $10,000 before the run in honour of 10 years since her passing. Her yahrzeit (anniversary since her passing) will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 20 Kislev 5777. I hope you will help me reach this goal in her memory. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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Thank you for supporting me and doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment and aftermath of serious pediatric illness.
p.s. I will be keeping progress and documenting my journey on a blog, so feel free to connect and stay tuned for my progress and completion (please G-d)! sonyakaplan.wordpress.com