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Team Hope - SHANI

Marla Ruttenberg

Marla Ruttenberg

Once again this year, I am training to run in the Lifetime Miami Marathon. This year my run is a very personal one. On January 28, 2018 I ran my first marathon with Team Lifeline. I was inspired by the organization and was asked by my dear friend to join her - and I did. I learned so much about this amazing organization over my marathon weekend and met some incredible people.

Little did I know, that within 10 days I would need to introduce Chai Lifeline to my beautiful 15 year old cousin SHANI; who within days of my return was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

The past months have been difficult for Shani; facing a long and difficult regimen of chemo and multiple surgeries. Chai Lifeline has been there for her at every pass. Family resources, devoted volunteers who have been incredible emotional support, gifts and amazing activities have literally been a "lifeline" during this difficult time.

We never know what will inspire us in life to do the things we do. It comes at the most unlikely of times and circumstances. For me, I will be forever changed by the incredible spirit of our warrior Shani. Her strength and spirit are of the sort I have never seen. I am moved every day by her commitment to every day and the joy and humor that she finds despite.

THIS YEAR LET'S RUN FOR SHANI - to allow all children in need to benefit from the incredible resources of Chai Lifeline, this wonderful organization that is dedicated to helping very sick children and their families.

Chai Lifeline currently provides emotional, social, and financial support to over 4500 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 450 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.

Please, push the donate button and help me put smiles on the faces of sick children. Let's make some dreams come true.

Best - marla



raised of $15,000 goal


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Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2017
raised in 2017
73 donors