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Team Yossi

This summer, we are excited to take part in Bike4Chai, an exhilarating 100-mile cycling event benefiting the children and families of Chai Lifeline.

Yossi came home from Yeshiva in Florida in December for break and he started having issues which kept getting progressively worse (nauseau, right side weakness).

When we took him to CHOP, they immediately sent him for an MRI and diagnosed him with an inoperable brain tumor. They did radiation which was the only treatment they had.

Later on they put in a shunt as well. He was in CHOP from January 11th through Lag B’omer. CHOP also has a restricted visitation due to COVID, so initially only Sarah and I were allowed to be there. Eventually we were able to add 2 names but they could not really be swapped out. So while there, we learned what an amazing organization Chai Lifeline really is. First, they come to visit constantly. Rabbi Yehoshua Brodsky constantly came by to check on us, talk with us and help us with anything we need. They would bring things that could be useful for Yossi like ipads, devices to hold ipad to the bed, equipment to be able to see Yossi from home etc. They have an amazing well stocked kosher pantry with meat and dairy meals, snacks, drinks, hot meals on Shabbos and Chagim, Seforim, information on minyanim for Shabbos, etc The executive director of the region, Rabbi Sruli Fried, would visit every Wednesday. He even brought me to Lakewood for his Purim Seudah. When Sarah mentioned that she likes salads, Rabbi Brodsky would bring salads from Lakewood to drop off at the room.

When Yossi was stable enough to be discharged, it was not very smooth. A day before Yossi was to come home, his special hospital bed was delivered with a cracked bed frame. The bed looked like it had been sitting in a warehouse corner for 50 years, and was completely unsuitable for Yossi. It was less than 24 hours before Yossi would arrive home, and a solution in time seemed unlikely. Yet, within 12 hours, Chai Lifeline had delivered and assembled a suitable modern bed and a modern lift to get Yossi from the bed to his wheelchair. When Yossi got home, all was in place for him.

Just this past week, we ran into more issues when our local pharmacy told us that a medication Yossi urgently needed before his last dose ran out was not something they can fill and needs to be done at the CHOP pharmacy.

Chai Lifeline arranged for it to be delivered just in time for his next dose, which was less than 2 hours after we told them about our predicament.

I can’t say enough for the services and help that Chai Lifeline provides and we have tremendous hakaros hatov to them. They do so much and as recipients of their assistance, we can wholeheartedly endorse them and confirm that it a great organization to give tzedakah money to.

Jeff

Please contribute generously to this important cause by clicking on the donate button now.
On behalf of the children of Chai Lifeline, thank you for your support.

Team Yossi

PS. For more information regarding this ride please visit bike4chai.org/teamyossi
To donate to multiple riders in one payment, please call or email the Bike4Chai donations department.

732-719-1701 B4cdonations@chailifeline.org
To donate to multiple riders in one payment, please call or email the Bike4Chai donations department.

732-719-1701   B4cdonations@chailifeline.org

 
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$3,000.00
1. David Chase
$1,800.00
2. Rosman Fund
$1,600.00
3. David Chase
In Memory of Leah Mindel bas Moshe Chaim, z''l
$1,500.00
4. David And Cyndilee Kosloff
$1,500.00
5. Russell Gold
$1,000.00
6. Jeffrey Webster

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