My plan for January 31, 2021, was to race in my seventh half-marathon for Chai Lifeline on the streets of Miami with 25,000 others. Corona had other ideas and the race is cancelled but that won't stop me and my family from doing the 13.1 miles.
You know why? Because Chai Lifeline is that special and important! Before I tell you what Chai Lifeline does, let me tell you why it's so near and dear to our hearts. My thirteen year old daughter, Emma, has an extremely rare blood condition--one in ten million rare--that, thank God, does not affect her day to day life but reminds me daily why the special little warriors fighting illness need all the help they can get.
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!
Best - Lesley