Ten years ago, I embarked on a journey!! A journey that has changed me and who I am. Ten years ago, I ran my first 1/2 marathon, in memory of a sons friend. I joined Team Lifeline in 2011 and walk/ran the Vegas 1/2 Marathon. Then in 2014, I was privileged to run the Jerusalem 1/2 marathon in memory of a dear friend. I said it was my last, but then my running partner challenged me to run the NYC Marathon for my 40th birthday. And I took the challenge- and ran the NYC Marathon in 2017, in honor of my incredible daughter!
And so here I am, three years later, in the middle of a pandemic, trying to find normalcy in these unprecedented times. Therefore, I am going to embark on my 4th marathon journey. This time, I am running in honor of my incredible sister. While I am the older one, I have learned so many lessons from my sister- resilience, patience, the importance of introspection, how to really care, listen, and grow. These are just the tip of the iceberg. She has given me so much love (unconditionally), chizuk, and strength through all the ups and downs in my life. I cannot thank her enough for all she does for me (and by extension my family!) She is truly one of my heroes.
And now 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, meals delivered to hospitals and homes, transportation to medical appointments, insurance advocacy, volunteering or Big Brother and Big Sister programming, or Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special medically-supervised summer camps, Chai Lifeline’s innovative programs and services help families navigate the complexities of childhood illness and restore joy and happiness. To get a better sense 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 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!
All the best,