Of course, this year is different. For so many people and in so many ways, 2020 has impacted all of our lives.
But think for a moment about the children of Camp Simcha. With the decision by the State to shutter sleep away camps, the impact to the campers of Simcha is devastating. All year, while fighting cancer, they look to the brief escape the camp provides, but this year it was not meant to be... Or so they thought.
For the first time in its history, Camp Simcha will run day camps in cities across the United States, giving children who are unable to travel the opportunity to enjoy Camp Simcha in their own hometowns. Chai Lifeline's new "Simcha without Borders" was established in response to the realities of 2020 and has been working closely with health and government officials to create and implement an exciting summer program that will conform with all local state regulations. In addition, two modified sessions of Camp Simcha Special are expected to take place on Camp Simcha’s beautiful 125-acre Glen Spey, NY campus in a reduced capacity to accommodate proper social distancing and medical precautions.
For the past ten years, more than 1,000 people from across the globe have taken part in Bike4Chai, a life-changing cycling experience benefiting Chai Lifeline, an international children’s health support network. This is no ordinary ride. Bike4Chai is an exhilarating, 180-mile cycling event that culminates at the World’s Greatest Finish Line in Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s renowned medically supervised summer program for children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses. This year is different for all of us. While the world has seemingly “shut down” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chai Lifeline has been busier than ever offering continued care and support to its vulnerable families. Though Bike4Chai may seem months and miles away, the children and families that rely on Chai Lifeline’s services need our support now more than ever before.
Throughout this crisis, Chai Lifeline has been providing families with essential services, including meals delivered to hospitals & homes, transportation to medical appointments, emergency financial assistance, counseling, insurance advocacy, personal protective equipment for immunocompromised families and care packages & virtual programming for quarantined children.
While we don’t know what the future holds, we can all have a powerful impact today. We will continue helping during this critical time by raising as much money as we have in previous years. Please join me and contribute to my page by clicking the button below, help me reach my goal of $10,001. This year’s journey may look a little different, but our goal remains the same.
Thank you for supporting me, and in doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment, and the aftermath of serious pediatric illness.