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Help Bring A Smile To Many Faces

Josh Faize

Josh Faize

I did it for all the wrong reasons, but the truth is, 11 years later it is still the proudest thing I have ever done.

It was the summer of 2008. I had just completed my first year in Israel, and I did what many of classmates had opted to do: work as a volounteer at CAMP HASC.

Before I can be honest enough to tell you the silly truth about why I decided to Volunteer at Camp HASC, I should tell you that it was peer pressure and groupthink that got me to entertain the idea in the first place. I know, I’m really opening up here!

In any event, there I was: an untried and hopelessly naïve 19-year-old post Israel, college-bound kid. I wanted to fit in, naturally. At first, I was off-put by the intimate care that was required of literally around the clock. It was difficult. Changing a grown man’s diaper at 3 AM will make you think twice.

And so, I chugged along. I tried to pick up the slack where I felt more comfortable: dispensing medicine, feeding the boys, or cleaning up the bunk. A couple of weeks in, I was settling in a little more, but still, I was not sure why I was really even doing this.

Then, came week 4: we were expecting new campers. I was tasked with greeting some of our new friends at the gate, assisting the arriving parents.

This is the moment it crystalized for me, congealing into a perfect mesh of emotions and empathy.

Seeing the look on the parents’ face. That’s what did it.

These parents love their children, and that should go without saying. They have toiled and labored waging a war they sometimes do not know if they can ever conceivably win. Yet they show up: every day, without fail, soilders ready for battle. And here they are, in the middle of June, in Parksville New York about to drop off their beloved child in a safe, religious, enlighting environment for 4 weeks.

Elation does not even begin to describe the look on their faces.

And so, 11 years later, I reconnected with an old friend. She encouraged me to support and raise money for a similar cause, Camp Simcha.

Running 13 miles? Yeah I can handle that. Asking people to give me money because I’m running 13 miles? That was going to be a little tricky.

But then, I thought of those parents. I remembered feeling the emotions of two strangers I had never met before. I decided to take the challenge of raising money for this wonderful organization because it meant that I might help more parents feel what I know, deep in my heart, those people felt on that day: blissful joy and peace of mind.

By the way, I did it to meet girls.

Chai Lifeline is a wonderful organization that provides year–round emotional, social, and financial support to more than 5,800 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 nearly 500 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 the children of Chai Lifeline 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, 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 - Josh



raised of $4,000 goal


1. Anonymous
2. Elan Kattan
3. Michael Zakaim
4. Wesley Vega
5. Joseph Manniello
Team Josh!! This is a great thing you're doing.
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