Chai Lifeline recently offered families with children battling childhood illness an extraordinary end-of-summer retreat that delivered hope, comfort, and a meaningful vacation. One mother in attendance shared how “being in and out of the hospital the last few months has prevented her family from having any time together. This gave us time to be a family and enjoy summer.” The end-of-summer family retreat provided a much-needed break, offering an opportunity to create cherished memories at Camp Simcha in Glen Spey, NY.Read more: END-OF-SUMMER RETREAT AT CAMP SIMCHA BRINGS RELAXATION TO CHAI LIFELINE FAMILIES
“At the heart of our mission lies the unwavering commitment to support families facing the challenges of childhood illness. This family retreat offered a haven of respite, where amidst the trials and tribulations, these families found a moment of calm,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline.
The retreat featured a range of activities that catered to both children and parents. From candle-making workshops to outdoor adventures like swimming and a ropes course to an evening Ventriloquist show, families had the opportunity to bond, have fun, and relax together. Professionally trained staff and volunteers were on hand to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all participants. Mayer and Chaya Rivky Fischl enhanced the program with a fancy dessert after dinner, an ice cream truck and a trampoline show.
Rabbi Mordechai Gobioff, MSW, National Director of Client Services, said that “the end-of-summer retreat provides families with an opportunity to rediscover relaxation, forge unbreakable bonds with families facing similar challenges, and draw inspiration from one another’s courage.”
The end-of-summer retreat is made possible through the generous support of donors and volunteers. An appreciative mother who attended the retreat, shared that “the invitation to our family was so appreciated and Chai Lifeline deeply understands what is needed to accommodate all children. Every member of our family felt taken care of…like a hug.” Her daughter shared how “even though I was unable to attend Camp Simcha, I felt like I was at camp and did not feel like people were staring at me because I have a tube in my nose. I felt so normal!”
The retreat not only offers a break from the medical routine but also serves as a platform for families to have special time together and build lasting friendships with other like-minded families.Chai Lifeline is an international children’s health support network providing social, emotional, and financial assistance to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families. To learn more, visit www.chailifeline.org.