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In Memory of my mother, my warrior!

Daniella Russ

Daniella Russ

You may already know that I’m training for the Miami Half Marathon this January. I'm training because the services money raised will provide, are services that I benefited from in some way or another growing up, from other organizations. I'm training because had Penina's Helping Hand, or something like it, been available when I was growing up, maybe life could have been a bit easier. I'm training so that children growing up with sick parents no longer have to struggle and feel alone.

I chose to join team Penina's Helping Hand, a division of Chai Lifeline started in memory of Penina Rubinoff a"h dedicated to helping children and their families who are dealing with Illness and loss.

Many of you know the ups and downs I've faced over the past 20+ years with the declining health of my mother, before her passing on 11/27/18. While my mother had always been a warrior and did her best not to show the immense pain she was in or how quickly she was declining - I remember little things that seemed like nothing as a teenager - but now I know just how much my Ima was sacrificing so we did not know what was going on. I knew at 18, that I was my mother's health care proxy. I knew her wishes. But it was not until 2007 when I faced my mother in the ICU with the doctors telling me it was life or death for them to amputate her legs, and all I heard in the back of my mind was my mother begging me to make sure that no doctor ever takes her limbs. It was the first of many that "health care proxy" actually meant that I would have to make a very difficult decision that could take my mother's life - and leaving it all in Hashem's hands. Hashem did not leave this final decision to me.

So please, help me reach my goal - donate, share, share and donate. Every amount counts!

PENINA'S HELPING HAND (PHH) is a division of Chai Lifeline that was started in the memory of Penina Rubinoff. She was an exemplary Toronto mother of four whose compassion and generosity were experienced far beyond the realm of her private family unit. Despite the pain and challenges she experienced throughout her ordeal, chessed (good deeds) and tzedaka (charity) remained not just values that she idealized, but areas in which she completely immersed herself and remained active. Although it was often difficult and even painful, she always tried to maintain a normal family life. To her, family was everything.

PENINA’S HELPING HAND is a fitting tribute to Penina Rubinoff, an extraordinary woman who will always be remembered for her love, compassion, and tzedaka. Penina’s Helping Hand offers year-round programs, services, and social support to over 250 children dealing with the loss of a parent or a severely ill parent. The Annual Disney Trip, case management, counselling, holiday gifts, tutoring, gala holiday parties, family retreats, and crisis intervention services bring help and hope to these children, and their families.

Training is not easy, but neither is dealing with illness. If the children of Chai Lifeline can fight each day, 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 - Daniella

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$1,787
raised of $4,000 goal
 

Donations

$1,000.00
1. Anonymous
Thanks for joining the Team!!!
$180.00
2. Refuah Shlayma for Sara Ita bas Riva Yesha
$100.00
3. Renata Kepner
Always thinking of you and your family. ??
$100.00
4. Sara Lieberman
$52.00
5. Abraham Azar
$50.00
6. Lisa Diamond
Good luck, Daniella!!
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$103,582.80
$125,000
19 donors