A Mother’s Journey: Navigating Cancer with Courage and Community

Dr. Michele Kalt, a dedicated cardiologist from Los Angeles, found herself facing a profound shift in her life’s focus when her own child, Sienna, was diagnosed with a rare adult form of cancer at just six years old. Suddenly, Dr. Kalt transitioned from treating patients to fiercely advocating for her daughter’s health while balancing the demands of her medical profession.

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For 25 years, Chai Lifeline New Jersey has been there to help more than 1,000 families in their community, transforming a journey filled with uncertainty into one marked by hope and compassion. It has made Chai Lifeline a family, not just an organization. Chai Lifeline New Jersey will turn to their extended New Jersey family through an online crowdfunding campaign, starting Tuesday, May 21 at 12 PM and concluding at 12pm on Thursday, May 23, aimed at raising $1.8 million to help support local children and families facing illness, crisis, and loss. 

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Chai Lifeline Southeast, the leading local support organization for families facing pediatric illness, announces its most critical fundraiser of the year, “Mission Possible.” The 36-hour crowdfunding campaign, starting Tuesday, May 21 at 10 AM and concluding  Wednesday, May 22 at 10 PM, aims to raise $500,000 to expand its vital services in the Southeast, from South Florida to Georgia to Texas. All funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to generous benefactors, doubling the impact of each donation. 

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Chai Lifeline Provides Critical Support to Families for Pesach 

Getting ready for Pesach is hard enough, but for families facing pediatric illness and medical crisis, Yom Tov preparations can feel impossible. Chai Lifeline, the Jewish community’s leading health support network, is there to help families every step of the way so they can focus on what truly matters most—the health and wellbeing of their loved ones. 

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Chai Lifeline Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Lubeck Fellowship Cohort

Chai Lifeline, the Jewish community’s leading children’s health support network, is proud to announce the successful completion and graduation of the first cohort of its Lubeck Fellowship in Jewish Nonprofit and Communal Leadership. The groundbreaking initiative, launched with the generous support of Pam and Joe Lubeck and family, was designed to empower young men and women who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to volunteerism and community activism.

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Chai Lifeline Spreads Simcha Across the Country for Purim  

As Adar arrived and Purim joy filled the air, preparations for Chai Lifeline families brought both excitement and unexpected stress. While our families navigate pediatric illness, the challenges of this season are magnified. In response, Chai Lifeline supported nearly 6,000 families, ensuring they could embrace the spirit of Purim while addressing their everyday needs. There were a variety of impactful programs and services available to Chai Lifeline families in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania, Greater New York, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and West Coast regions. 

In the NJ/PA region, dedicated volunteers took children to buy the items necessary to build mishloach manot. After an uplifting shopping trip, the children returned to the Art Spot in Lakewood, NJ to assemble packages and enjoy a delicious supper with their peers. 

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Chai Lifeline Announces United Healthcare Sponsorship of Moms-to-Moms Program in New Jersey/Pennsylvania Region

Chai Lifeline, the international illness and crisis support network, is proud to announce that United Healthcare has become the official sponsor of its Moms-to-Moms Program, a cornerstone initiative in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania region, now to be known as the UHC Moms-to-Moms Program. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in providing unparalleled support and resources to mothers of children facing life-threatening or lifelong illnesses.

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Purchase Purim Cards, Spread Joy, and Support Chai Lifeline

As Purim quickly approaches, Chai Lifeline is excited to offer again this year a stress-free and heartfelt initiative that brings together tradition, charity, and simcha! Instead of preparing Mishloach Manot, we invite everyone to consider purchasing Purim cards in support of our efforts to deliver joy and hope to children and families impacted by illness & crisis.

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