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A z'chus for continued good health for Sarah Naomi and in memory of Rabbi Mendel Freedman, zt'l

Benjamin Weiskind | Baltimore, MD

Benjamin Weiskind

Over 3 years ago, Sarah Naomi was the recipient of the greatest gift ever - a new heart on the 1st night of Chanukah.

During her ordeal in the hospital and afterwards, our family developed an incredibly special relationship with our beloved principal, Rabbi Mendel Freedman, zt'l. Rabbi Freedman himself was the recipient of heart transplant. In every way, he held our hands and filled our hearts. Our time with Rabbi Freedman was precious but cut short this year with his passing. Nevertheless, he will always be in our hearts, and we know he is watching us from Shomayim.

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.

Click here to see what this is so important to Sarah Naomi:

This summer, I will bike 180 miles through New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains, and Upstate NY. 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

I will be biking to camp on Thursday, August 2nd 2018. My objective is to raise $6,000 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

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raised of $10,000 goal


1. Aron Goldberg and Beth Eisenberg
2. Rutzen Family
Good luck for the bike ride, and continued well wishes for Sarah Naomi. What a miracle!
3. Anonymous
4. Meir & Aviva Kramer
5. Shmuel And Rebbeca Steier
6. Amy Rabinowitz

Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2017
raised in 2017

Honorary Riding Partner


Age: 13

Sarah Naomi is the world's biggest Minion fan. If she could choose to be a minion when she grows up, she would. She loves art, family, and egg rolls. She hope to be a home designer some day. Two years ago, on the first night of Chanukah, Sarah Naomi's wish came true - she received a new heart through a miraculous heart transplant. Since that time, Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha have become a strong part of her life. The opportunity to go to Camp Simcha makes her smile ear-to-ear.
152 donors