So about 8 years ago, my sister, who was only 11 at the time, was diagnosed with Multiple Ganglioglioma tumors and had to go for immediate surgery and has since been going through multiple rounds of chemotherapy since, except for a break lasting about 2 years. Needless to say, this has changed my entire family’s lives completely. However, when you look at us, I don’t think we look or act like a family that has a young family member that’s been fighting Cancer for over 8 years and a lot of that is thanks to Chai Lifeline and what they’ve done for us. From the very beginning, they arranged hospital visits, retreats for the family, Shabbatons for my sister to have a blast at, and especially giving her the summer of a lifetime at Camp Simcha. These experiences have helped my sister and family make the best out of a really bad situation. And they do it for countless other families in the US and around the globe every day and they never charge the parents.
Now, as some of you might know, my sister and especially my mother have participated in previous Chai Lifeline marathons and raised money in the process and while I’ve wanted to participate with them, even a half of a half marathon is a little much for me. Conveniently, one of the only positive things to come out of COVID is that this year you can do the marathon anywhere and you don’t have to do it all at once. So, I’ve decided to marathon with my mother this year. Please consider donating to the families of Chai Lifeline. I appreciate everyone who reads this even if they don’t donate at all.
Best - Justin