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Rebecca Cohen

Rebecca Cohen

I’m training to run in the Lifetime Miami Half Marathon this January, so I can raise money for Chai Lifeline, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families. I’m running in memory of my dear Adeena. However, I know I can’t do it alone. I need your help to raise $5,000.

Last January we lost our beloved Adeena. Adeena Paknoush was kind beyond measure and unbelievably mature and wise beyond her years. I never once saw her get angry, she always saw the positive in every situation and she was the most selfless and appreciative person I have ever known.

After coming home from the summer of her life thanks to Camp Simcha, Adeena planned on running this exact marathon last year so she can give back to a place she loved so much. She asked me to help her raise the money (I was constantly nagging her to let me do things for her) and within hours we exceeded the amount she had intended to raise. She was overjoyed and went on about how she was so happy she raised the money and was looking forward to reliving Camp for a weekend that coming January. But unfortunately she didn’t make it.

“Today, I am here to return the love and raise money for the place that did so much for me. My experience was unbelievable. Every one of the 14 days were amazing. Each day was filled with unforgettable activities and new friends. The staff at Camp Simcha is second to none, each camper is individually cared for. I can’t wait to go again next year. I fell in love with Chai Lifeline and my new family.” - Is what Adeena wrote on her fundraiser page last year.

I decided to run the Miami Marathon because although Adeena wasn’t able to, I am. And I know nothing would make Adeena happier than for others to experience the same magic of Camp Simcha that she did.

Please donate whatever you can so we can continue to make a difference in the lives of others who are battling cancer and illnesses.

(Below is a link to the March of Hope that Camp Simcha did with a beautiful voice over from Adeena)




raised of $5,000 goal


1. Nima Naim
So proud of you!
2. ----
3. Fariba Cohen
Proud of you!
4. Sorush Tahour
5. Nicholas And Orit Faguet
Leilui Nishmat Adeena bat Yoram Moshe ben Ezra Hillel ben OrChaim
6. Isaac Mahgerefteh
Good job bottoms
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