Personally, I called the Chai Lifeline Crisis Center in December 2016, and since that day, we have received more help from them that we can even attempt to pay back. However, as a small measure of appreciation, everyone in my family has trained to run and raise money on their behalf.
Although I am not pushing myself for half or full marathon distances, I have had the opportunity to train my family along their personal paths towards their goals. This year is no different. This year, I am training with Laila, who will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah in a few months and is running to support iShine and all the other Chai Lifeline programs.
Chai Lifeline is a wonderful organization that provides year–round emotional, social, and financial support to more than 5,800 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 nearly 500 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.
Training is not easy, but neither is dealing with illness. If the children of Chai Lifeline can fight each day, if they can push themselves to go through hospital stays and treatments, 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 - Jeff