For the past 4 years, I have sent out a summer fundraising request for the extremely worthy cause of Camp Simcha.
While I usually write about the amazing support work that this organization provides for sick children and their families, I'd like to focus this year's ride in memory of a special soul, whose essence and light is captured in the paragraph below, and whose spirit and strength in the face of extreme adversity should be an inspiration story for families and children who find themselves dealing with with the reality of childhood illness.
Chana Ahuva Toba Hannah Roth Daughter of Ronit Agassi and Avi Roth Big Sister to Eliora and Tehilla Beloved and admired granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend The clearest bright light shines through her. Always with kindness, gentleness, love, humor and a touch of mischief.
Pulmonary hypertension and challenges to breathing, swallowing, speaking, seeing, hearing and walking - most of us if we dared to imagine what it would be like to live with such extensive limits asserted over our physical bodies, we would imagine it to be sad, horrible, difficult, getting in the way of the things we want to do, probably mixed with frustration and jealousy.
Chana Ahuva powerfully transformed her reality, always playing, learning, joking, trying new things and connecting with people. In the short span of five years, she drew people closer to her and those of us who had the extraordinary privilege to be in her presence were made better by her. She allowed us the opportunity to join in her fun and make her smile and laugh - she made us feel special and included. We miss her physical presence and at the same time, we have been changed by her and feel her with us, inspiring us to try to do anything we really want to do and to treat ourselves with kindness.
Her memory is a blessing. Her life was a gift to us - we had the opportunity to meet with an angel and to enjoy the purest, divine light when she invited us close to her.
Chana Ahuva Toba z'l, as well as her Uncle, Ophir Ben Etel Bryna Eliana z'l were beacons of light who have left tremendous imprints of beauty and inspiration on everyone who came in contact with them during their unfortunately short time with us.
May their memories be blessed, and may the support given towards Camp Simcha in their names, bring their neshamot aliyot, while bringing light, happiness, courage and healing to all of those who are affected by illness, but don't have the natural abilities of Chana and Ophir to garner the optimism and internal strength needed to combat their illness head on.
Help me raise awareness and support for this most worthy organization in memory of these 2 inspirational, courageous and beautiful souls.
A little about bike4chai and Chai Lifeline:
Chai Lifeline’s flagship programs, Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, offer 430 children a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again. Camp is an oasis of fun, of joy, and of peace for children experiencing dark and turbulent times. To learn more about Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha special, visit campsimcha.org.
This year’s ride will take place on Thursday, August 17-18 2022. My objective is to raise $10,000 by then, and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Please contribute by clicking on the donate button now.
Please visit my personal page bike4chai.com/Andrewharary
Thank you for supporting the Memories of Chana Ahuva Toba z'l and Ophir Ben Etel Bryna Eliana z'l, and in doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of serious pediatric illness.
Let's Roll! 💪 Andrew
PS. For more information regarding this ride please visit bike4chai.org
All Star Ranger Mike Richter joining the B4C Post Ride Celebrations
One of my favorite memories- 8 miles to camp simcha, and tons of energy in reserve!