You may already know that I’m training to run the Rock n Roll Las Vegas 10K this November. Running is a personal challenge as I’ve never exercised in anyway before, like EVER, but I’m not in this just for the bragging rights. I’m running for something important. I am running (ok, maybe walking a bit too…) to raise money for Chai Lifeline, an incredible organization that is dedicated to helping very sick children and their families.
Just about three years ago, I lost my Dad to this horrible illness. He fought the good fight for almost twenty years, and he lost, but we all lost more. He was always the one to find the silver lining in every situation, and since he passed that isn’t always an easy task. Even though I’m an out of shape zombie mom, if in my head every step I run brings honor to his memory and puts a smile on the face of a child who has little else to smile about, then I must be on the right track (pun intended).
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 these kids 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, open your hearts and your wallets, 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.