Friends and Family,
This has been a tough year for all of us. Lockdown. Safer-at-home. Shelter-in-place. Whatever the local lingo, it’s been a challenge to balance our health and safety with our need for basic social interaction.
No matter what stress a “typical” family is under right now, emotional, financial or otherwise, that stress is felt tenfold by families fighting pediatric illness. Chai Lifeline has always been there to help these children and their families survive that battle, and I have seen them go above and beyond over the last few months.
At a time when the organization was most strapped for funds and resources, the staff and volunteers have doubled down on their commitment to Chai Lifeline’s mission: to give childhood back to those that had it stolen by pediatric illness.
Over the last several months, Chai Lifeline has arranged hundreds of virtual counselor visits, meal deliveries and socially-distant birthday surprises. With every new challenge, they have adapted and found new ways to help families not only survive, but thrive. Nothing shows that more than their new Camp Simcha Without Borders program. Acknowledging that they’re overnight camp for sick children was not going to be able to operate as normal this summer, Chai Lifeline has committed to bringing the Simcha experience to communities across the country so that no camper, regardless of their medical condition, travel limitation, or local government restriction will be left behind. I am delighted to be helping out with the local Los Angeles activities.
While I was getting excited to announce I’d be running for 7th year in a row in the Las Vegas Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10k this November to raise money for Chai Lifeline, the event was being indefinitely postponed. I don’t know if I will actually be taking to the streets of Las Vegas this year, but that doesn’t impact the worthiness of this cause. Chai Lifeline needs your support now more than ever, and I’d be extremely grateful for anything you can give.
Your support is greatly appreciated -- thank you for supporting the children of Chai Lifeline!