“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”
To all those who have donated and supported, THANK YOU!
This past Sunday, I challenged myself to ride from Montreal to the Poconos - 700km in 3 days to join Bike4Chai 2023.
Together with our awesome Montreal group, we rose to the challenge, fought thunderstorms, rain, darkness, flats and 3 days of head wind to arrive to Poconos at 8pm last night.
See Strava linksMy goal is to raise $130,000 for Chai Lifeline Montreal.
My wife and I pioneered the opening and building of the Chai Lifeline Montreal chapter, and we are honoured to this day to be a part of the day to day operations, staff team, and workload. Through community support and volunteer assistance, we have grown tremendously and are proud of how far we've come, and we remain steadfast in our mission to continue growing and sustaining this unbelievable organization.
So… why Chai Lifeline? Why should you donate to this cause?
There are many catchphrases that we use to describe what Chai Lifeline does. We fight illness with love, we battle cancer with hope, and we bring some light into the darkness.
I would like to share with you what all those phrases really mean by telling you about two incredible Chai Lifeline warriors.
Meet T from London, a beautiful 12 year old girl who unfortunately isn’t able to walk. She has spent months of her life in extensive treatments all over the world in the hope of being able to one day use her legs. This summer we had the privilege of sending her to Camp Simcha. This is the letter we received upon her return home.
Dear Camp Simcha
I am writing to you to say how grateful I am for giving me the absolutely incredible experience of going to Camp Simcha Special Thank you for being so understanding and accommodating to my needs and without you this trip wouldn’t have been possible. When I came back from camp I felt like I had gained so much confidence and my batteries recharged. Even when times are hard I know I have memories to look back at and I felt so uplifted and ready to face the challenges that this year might bring me. I made so many life long friends that understand me and go through the same challenges as me.
I had the most incredible experience of my life and I'm forever grateful to everyone who made this trip possible and really hope to be able to come back.
Meet A, a precocious and vibrant 12 year old boy from Israel who has brittle bone syndrome. For the last 8 years he has travelled to Montreal for weeks on end for invasive treatments and surgeries. A is tough fighter and has the best attitude, undeterred by the many painful and lengthy operations and recovery periods. He is currently on his way to Camp Simcha for his second year, and is walking on his own 2 feet.
Camp Simcha is the highlight of his year!
I’m fortunate to be connected to these 2 incredible kids who are only two amongst the hundreds of kids who get to experience the Camp Simcha magic. Both traveled overseas, and both were welcomed by the unbelievable Camp Simcha staff who coordinated all their traveling details seamlessly.
I am reaching out to you, my friends and supporters, for your generosity, to help us make it happen. My goal is to raise $130,000 so that the incredible work of Chai Lifeline can continue, allowing more kids to be kids again, and helping us fight illness with love.
It is a privilege to be able to give. It would be a Divine Gift to have no need for an organization like Chai Lifeline, and we pray for that day. Until then, may you only ever be on the giving side.
I beg you to dig deep, so that no sick child or family will be left to suffer through serious illness alone.
Our budget is over a million dollars. Through your generosity, and with fundraisers like Bike4Chai, we can continue to fight illness with love, battle cancer with hope, and bring some light into the darkness.
All donations are 100% tax deductible in both Canada and the USA. You can also let me know your pledge and we can invoice you.
Cheques can be mailed in Canada to my office (address below) or
Chai Lifeline Canada
4900 Jean Talon West
In USA to
Bike4chai C/O Chai Lifeline
5 Airport Road
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