My name is Emma and I am 13. Last year, in honor of my bat mitzvah, instead of gifts, I raised over $6,000 for Chai Lifeline. In both years combined, I have raised over $7,000. I am racing again in Miami for my third year (if COVID permits).
I race for Chai Lifeline because I have a rare blood condition (1 in 10 million in pediatrics), polycythemia vera. I was diagnosed when I was 2. I race for Chai Lifeline to help children who not only have pediatric illnesses, but have it worse than me.
In Miami of 2019 (my first year), I met Sophie Spangenthall. She died at the age of 4, the summer of that same year, because of cancer. Now I race in memory of her. She made a big difference in my life, and even though I’m not part of Team Sophie, I will always remember and race for her.
Thank you so much for donating to Chai Lifeline. I cannot thank you enough.