Several years ago, I took a look in the mirror and hated what I saw. My weight had ballooned, walking was painful, I couldn't run more than a few steps without aggravating my plantar fasciitis, and I got out of breath going upstairs. I decided that a change was needed.
I started walking to shul regularly, uphill both ways (seriously - the highest point is between my house and the synagogue). After a few years, my feet stopping aching, I'd lost close to forty pounds, and walking uphill and upstairs was easy. My health was clearly improving, and it was time to do more. I dug out a road bike my wife had bought for me several years ago, but which I'd barely used. Last year, my peak accomplishment was 51-mile ride without a break. I'm ready for a new challenge.
This summer, I am excited to take part in Bike4Chai, an exhilarating 100-mile cycling event benefiting the children and families of Chai Lifeline. Every mile I ride and every dollar I raise will help support more than two-dozen essential programs for more than 6,000 children and families confronting pediatric illness, crisis, and loss. These services include counseling and case management, meals delivered to hospitals and homes, transportation to medical appointments, emergency financial assistance, insurance advocacy, i-Shine afterschool programming, Big Brothers/Sisters, Project Chai crisis intervention, and Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, Chai Lifeline’s flagship medically-supervised summer programs.
Life for a child with cancer, disability, or other serious illness is grueling. From the moment of diagnosis, Chai Lifeline’s dedicated staff and volunteers are there to provide joy, hope, and unparalleled care throughout the turbulent medical journey.
My objective is to raise $5,000, and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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.
PS. For more information regarding this ride please visit bike4chai.org
Dear Russell ...
Please forgive mom and me for failing to donate more than $205.44 to this most worthy of causes. Yet, as retirees of 80 and 85, this represents the best we're able to do. Cancer has cost us dearly over the years in the losses of a son, a mother and two brothers.
לעילוי נשמת שלמה בן זכריה הכהן
Way to go Russ!
14.Alex & Abby Greene
15.RUSSELL & CHAYA LYONS
16.Ken And Malka Miller
17.Joel and Nancy Horwitz
18.Sid And Susan Laytin
19.Nadav Schwartz And Yedida Goldman
Way to go Russell and team!!!
25.LARRY & RACHELLE ELLIS
Yasher Koach Russ!!
We are rooting for you!!
Miles and Adina Spiller and family.
Thank you Russel for your dedication to this most wonderful organization. Hatzlacha Rabah!