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Larry Franks | Baltimore, MD

Larry Franks

For the fifth time, I have undertaken to ride 180 miles this summer to raise money for Chai LifeLine, an organization I believe does true good in the world. The Money is earmarked for Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special which is a camp for severely ill children. The ride ends in Camp Simcha which is a heart-wrenching yet happy experience. That seems ironic, however to see the momentary happiness on these kids faces is indescribable.

I have decided to fund raise and ride in memory of my good friend (and cycling buddy) Ed Schaffer. Ed and I rode Bike4Chai together twice and spent thousands of miles together on the road. I learned so much from him and I hope that I somehow reciprocated. My prayer is that Ed's neshama should have an aliyah....

As someone who was born and raised in South Africa I have decided to make Daniel (SEE BELOW) my "Honorary Cycling Partner" for the event. Please G-d Daniel should also merit a complete and speedy recovery.

This summer, I will have the opportunity to partake in a life-changing event: a 180-mile bike ride through New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains, and Upstate NY. This is no ordinary ride; it’s an exhilarating cycling event ending at Camp Simcha, a remarkable overnight camp that provides seriously ill children with a vacation from sickness, restoring their spirits and renewing their determination to fight.

Life for a child with cancer or other serious illness is grueling; 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

This year’s ride is even more thrilling than past years’ rides: it’s a landmark ride, the 10th Bike4Chai! I will depart on the two-day ride of a lifetime to camp on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. My objective is to raise $5,000 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.

Thank you for supporting me and, in doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of serious pediatric illness.

Best Regards,

PS. For more information regarding this ride please visit

Day 1

Day 2


raised of $5,000 goal


1. Isaac Samuel
2. Adir Seiferas
In honor of Daniel. Keep up the good work, Larry!
3. Delia Benn
Larry, we are so proud of you! Have a successful and safe ride.
4. Justine Phelps
5. Barry Dubin
6. Yanky Schorr
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Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2013
raised in 2016
raised in 2015
raised in 2014
raised in 2013

Honorary Riding Partner


Age: 14

Daniel traveled from South Africa to attend Camp Simcha after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now in the 7th grade, Daniel loves listening to music, assembling fantastic and complex Lego sets, and creating art. His dream job would integrate all these interests: he wants to design computer games.
46 donors