As most of you know, on June 24, 2016 my brother Ilan was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Just as he was about to attend sleepaway camp for the first time, he instead faced surgery followed by daily trips to the swamps of New Jersey for chemotherapy and radiation. One of the few highlights for Ilan this summer was briefly attending Camp Simcha, which is run by the organization Chai Lifeline. Chai Lifeline provides many types of support to families who have a child with a serious illness. One of its most significant programs is Camp Simcha. This past summer Ilan spent a weekend at Camp Simcha and came back happier and more vibrant than I had seen him since his diagnosis. On that weekend Ilan formed an exceptional bond with his counselor David. This bond is so unique that Ilan and David Facetime weekly while David works toward his medical degree in Israel. That is a sprinkle of the Camp Simcha magic: it strives “to bring childhood back to children who lost it when they were diagnosed.” Ilan was surrounded by other children who have shared and continue to share, similar medical experiences. It distracted Ilan from his treatment, and his illness, two aspects of his life in which he has no control over.
Ilan is my best buddy, and I am often at a loss as to how to assist him. Raising funds for Chai Lifeline by participating in the Miami Half Marathon gives me an opportunity to support Ilan. Children with cancer deserve, at the very least, a chance to enjoy themselves as they endure treatment. Your donation will help create some more Camp Simcha magic for Ilan and kids like him.
Thanks so much,