I'm back and with big goals! When I joined Team Lifeline in 2017 I could not have imagined what an impact it has had. I knew I could not stay away. I am so proud be part of Team Lifeline!
As many of you know I started running several months after my mom passed away from a long, hard struggle with cancer. It was a very emotional and stressful time for my whole family. Drowning in my grief, frankly, my health was starting to be affected. Walking turned into running and it has changed my life! It is now just part of who I am. I found that it was not only great for my physical health, but my mental well-being. Running helped me cope and process the loss. I came out stronger then I could have ever imagined.
So now I am returning to Team Lifeline to run the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas half marathon this November. I dedicate this run not just in memory of my mom, Sandee Kayser, but as a way to honor her. In my first run with Team Lifeline I came to see how Chai Lifeline is the perfect fit to remember my mom. She was a tremendously giving person. My family often will note how 'Bubbie Sandee would have given her last pint of blood to someone in need'. While it might be a dark humor, it sums up her so well. My mom was such a kind, loving, giving person. She is missed. I run in her honor. I’m running for something important. Supporting Chai Lifeline is a perfect match to honor that trait of giving. It is an amazing organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families. They step in at times of crisis and in times of joy. Anyone who knew my mom would have know how much she loved summer camp. Her fondest childhood memories were from camp, she struggled to pay for camp for her kids but we always went, she made sure her grandkids went. And even as her work as a camp registrar for many years, she helped countless kids go to camp. Its so fitting that one of Chai Lifeline largest programs is a camp! I know they have a big impact in my my community and help some of my dearest friends. I am running to raise money for Chai Lifeline. I have big goals. I can’t do it alone. I wish I could. I need your help.
Chai Lifeline is a tremendous 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.
Training is not easy, but its a piece of cake compared to 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, this is the least I can do. But I can't do this without your support. And I would not do this if I did not truly know how important Chai Lifeline is. Let's do this together! Let's make dreams come true.
Thank you - Jennifer (Rochel)
ps... I will make you a deal... the more I can raise the further I will run. If I can surpass my ultimate goal of raising $7200. I will run the full marathon. My only caveat is that it needs to be in time to officially change my distance with the race. I dream big!