Our Inspiration: Our Daughter Sarah Naomi Weiskind
SEE HER COURAGE FOR YOURSELF:
Why: She had a heart transplant over 5 years ago and is thriving despite the challenges of living with heart disease and the life-long effects of being a transplant patient.
How: Sarah Naomi is a dynamic, funny, non-judgemental, and strong leader. She inspires us all. She inspires other children who struggle with illness. However, she needs the medical and emotional support as well as freedom from her illness by going to Camp Simcha Special each summer. It's just 2 weeks long, but it gives her the fuel to thrive emotionally for the entire year. That's why every dollar you donate is important. With your donation comes our wish that you and your family have the freedom from illness Sarah Naomi craves and the wonderful good health everyone deserves.
On the first night of Chanukah in 2014, Sarah Naomi was the recipient of the greatest gift ever - a new heart - at the tender age of 10.
During her ordeal in the hospital and afterwards, our family developed incredibly special relationships with many people who helped us in many ways. We have come to appreciate the special nature of Chai Lifeline as we have come to know other families with challenging medical situations and how they are supported by this amazing organization. It is their rock.
Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha Special have been there for Sarah Naomi as well as our family. She looks forward to 2 weeks every summer when she can enjoy all aspects of life despite her illness. There are no limitations in camp, and she gets to experience utter joy.
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This summer, I will bike 180 miles in two days through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York ending in camp where I can be inspired by warrior children fighting illness.
This is no ordinary cycling event; it’s an exhilarating ride 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.
The ride won't be easy; neither is life for a child with cancer or other serious illness. Camp Simcha and its sister camp, Camp Simcha Special, are Chai Lifeline’s flagship programs. Every year these two camps offer 430 children a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again. To learn more about Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha special, visit campsimcha.org.
As a medical camp, it costs $10,000 per camper, which is raised through donations. My objective is to raise $20,000, which would cover the cost of two campers.
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.