This 1/2 marathon will be my second and is weighted with significance and personal meaning.
I ran my first 1/2 marathon about 9 years ago in Philadelphia while 5 months pregnant with my son. That run, with my growing superhero along for the ride, was undoubtedly one of my greatest accomplishments...until becoming a mom just 4 months later.
My son, Max was born January 29 and was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 3. We endured countless trips to the hospital that almost always resulted in being admitted for anywhere from 5 to 10 days each visit.
During our many hours hooked up to machines, being monitored by doctors around the clock, and sometimes being unable to leave our hospital room, we benefited from the care of Chai Lifeline. From meal deliveries, to activities for Max, to calls checking in on my emotional and mental state, we were so incredibly fortunate to have Chai Lifeline in our lives. They followed us from New Jersey back to Philadelphia, where Max underwent brain surgery at CHOP - always serving as a lifeline for our family and our warrior.
On January 28, 2024 - just one day before Max turns 9 - I will be running to raise awareness and critical funds for Chai Lifeline, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families.
Training is not easy, but neither is dealing with medical challenges.
If Max can face brain surgery and overcome his daily challenges of regaining motor and language skills, and the children of Chai Lifeline can fight their battles each day, if they can push themselves through hospital stays and treatments, I can do this for them. I will do this for Max.
But I can't do this without your support!
I need your help to raise as much money as possible for these kids. I’ve set a challenging goal for myself to raise $7,500 in support of Chai Lifeline. Your generous donation will help me move closer to my goal and make a difference in the lives of so many sick children. Let's do this together!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
More about Chai Lifeline:
Throughout the year, Chai Lifeline provides emotional, social, and financial assistance to more than 5,900 children and their families. Whether it’s counseling, case management, crisis and trauma intervention, meals delivered to hospitals and homes, transportation to medical appointments, insurance advocacy, i-Shine afterschool programming, Big Brothers and Sisters, or its medically-supervised Simcha summer camps, Chai Lifeline’s innovative services help families navigate the complexities of childhood illness and restore joy and happiness.
Camp Shemesh supports you all!! We loved doing a lemonade stand to raise money for your run!
We love you !!
7.Melissa & Ian Miller
9.Arthur And Hattie Dubroff
10.Doris And Jay Hartman
11.Andrea And Ronnie Sultan
12.Aliza & Michael Cinamon
Go Arielle !!
13.Sara & Michael Fellus
14.Beth Jared Leyla And Liam Balavram
#maxpower! We love you Newcombe crew ❤️
Good work Arielle!
17.Breena And Jed Fishback
19.Annie & Sam Goldfischer
What a worthy cause you have chosen to support, Arielle.
We know and respect your fortitude!
MAX!!! You are a champion, and may you always continue to conquer any challenge. May you also always have the support and Love that surrounds you - particularly from your amazing sister and parents.
WE LOVE YOU!! - Nama & Bampa
20.Sara And Shael Sokolowski
In honor of our best buddy, Max, the amazing #maxpower he demonstrates every day, and - as important - his incredible parents!
Vogels are rooting for you!
So proud of you ❤️
26.Linda & Avi Laub
Go Arielle! (Just don't forget to pace yourself, unlike Jon on a Hatzalah call - and don't worry about your ETA to the finish line.) Wishing the whole Newcombe Clan all the best always. Kol HaKavod! #MAXPOWER
27.Josh And Annette Roth
Kol hakavod!! You guys are awesome - good luck!!
28.Naomi & Hadar
Go Arielle! #MaxPower
29.Hayley, Mike, Jayden, Liam, & Myla Friend
Go Team MAXSTRONG! Xoxo
30.Libby And Gerald Raichman
Libby and Gerald
32.Basil And Joan Taibel
Congrats and good luck in this worthy cause.
34.Caryn & Sam Schweitzer
Good Luck, Arielle !
35.Rachel & Josh Joffe
37.Debra And Yisroel Daitchman
Good luck to our friends Arielle, Daniella, and Esti!! Yasher Koach!! Wishing you success in the half marathon. We are all cheering you on from West Orange!