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Avi Iczkovits | montreal, QC

In 3 weeks, I will be challenging myself once again to ride 850km from Montreal – Connecticut, and from there up to Camp Simcha in Glen Spey, NY. As in previous years my motivation is to raise much needed funds to help support Chai Lifeline Montreal and Camp Simcha.

This year we need your help more than ever, as its been a really tough one. We lost Yanky a”h, Noam relapsed, Laura is in hospice care, and we have taken on an additional 12 new families. To support the extra workload, we have had to expand our staff by hiring new case workers, more volunteers and more services. Our budget has gone up by 30%, but could we ever say no to a family? Can we refuse the request of a sick child?
Each kid, unique in diagnosis, but identical in devastation and havoc. Devastated by illness these families collapse without our intervention. We are there in every way to prop that family up, and make the most difficult of situations, manageable.

Avremi, a 6 ½ year old Israeli boy, who suffers from brittle bone syndrome, came to Montreal for multiple major operations. With no family or support here, a major language barrier and very little resources, our center has become their home. Our dedicated volunteers are his siblings and friends. A five star, once in a lifetime trip to Niagara Falls, Park Safari, gifts and activities, 3 fresh meals a day, drives and constant support have allowed him for the first time ever to breeze through his difficult surgery and recuperation.

Maya, 7 years old just came back from Camp Simcha Special, having gone to sleep away camp for her first time. See what her mom said about her experience in camp:
Camp Simcha, the flagship summer program is the reason Chai Lifeline came to be. The realization that there was no camp where ill kids could just be kids again, where being bald or wheel chair bound was not ridiculed but embraced, where handicaps Were not challenges but opportunities, brought about the formation of this incredible organization. Camp Simcha is truly a Disneyland on steroids where every day is magical. Every kid is made to feel special, like this camp was created just for them. No wish is too big and no request is denied.

Unfortunately the last few weeks have been extremely difficult for me. My 18 year old nephew from Manchester, UK, was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. I have been exposed to the stark contrast between a community that has an active Chai lifeline chapter and one that does not. The work Chai Lifeline does is life saving! If my nephew lived in Montreal we would use Chai Lifeline’s resoures to the max, as we do with each kid and his family. From the first step of diagnosis I would be privy to different medical options, then be offered the best care, hooked up to a case manager, volunteers arranged for the ill child and their siblings and so much more. Most importantly we would feel like we are not alone. Someone to lean on, someone to support us and someone to count on.

My family and I feel blessed to be involved in this organization. Our lives have been enhanced and enriched. Approximately six years ago, we embarked on a mission to bring the services and support that Chai Lifeline has to offer to the sick kids and families in Montreal. The need was apparent but we never imagined how dire that need was, with 100’s of kids who are benefitting from this amazing organization. The journey has been heartening and inspiring, the need, sadly so vast, yet the work so relevant and meaningful. We have been humbled by the families we have met along the way and have been in awe by the resilience of “our kids”. The friendships we have developed with the special and unique individuals that make up the Chai Lifeline worldwide network, will be cherished forever

We may not be curing cancer but with your generosity, we can certainly give these kids and their families the love, hope and support they need, to fight this battle.

All donations are 100% tax deductible both in Canada or the USA, Or let me know what you can pledge and we will bill you.

Cheques can be mailed in Canada to my office (address below) or

Chai Lifeline Canada
300a Wilson Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M3H 1S8

In USA to
Bike4chai C/O Chai Lifeline
106 Clifton Ave
Lakewood NJ

Thank you so much for supporting me and in doing so, helping fight illness with love!

Some of my favorites videos below;

Day 1

Day 2



raised of $150,000 goal


1. Anonymous
2. Jason Farber
3. Avi Iczkovits and Reitzu Schwartz
4. Anonymous
5. Anonymous
6. Les Financial Services
Captain of

Team Canada


Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2012
raised in 2016
raised in 2015
raised in 2014
raised in 2013
raised in 2012
141 donors