In 2014, I joined with Team Lifeline in Miami to run the Miami Half Marathon. It was an amazing experience. The energy and excitement for such an important cause had a real impact on me. My brother Josh apparently was of like mind. But Josh is an avid cyclist. I am a runner. So in 2015, I deferred to his preferred mode of physical activity, and we both joined Team Lifeline on bicycles, in Lake Tahoe, tackling the 100 mile course. And Josh did a repeat of Tahoe in 2016.
Then, I switched back to running - but with a different brother this time. I joined Gavriel and Team Lifeline in Vegas for the Vegas Marathon in November 2016. And that got Gavriel to join Team Lifeline in Miami, and then Vegas again - but with a different brother - the sole sibling Team Lifeline holdout until that point - my brother Ben. And Ben went back to Vegas for seconds.
Why do we all share strong feelings towards Chai Lifeline? Way back when I was nine years old and my brother Daniel a"h was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, there was no Chai Lifeline to provide emotional, social and financial support for sick children and their families. We have seen the amazing work that Chai Lifeline does (chailifeline.org), and I know, as the brother of a cancer patient, that I could have benefited had they been around when my brother Daniel was ill.
COVID-19 may be here, but pediatric illness has not gone away. That’s why, despite there being no organized races at this point, I’ve decided to join Team Lifeline and run - together in spirit with my Team Lifeline teammates - in support of Chai Lifeline, the Jewish community’s largest children’s health support network. Every dollar I raise and every mile I run will help Chai Lifeline continue to be there for families confronting illness and loss during these difficult times.
Thank you for supporting me, and more importantly, supporting the children and families that must cope with the diagnosis, treatment and aftermath of serious pediatric illnesses.