Chai Lifeline ends off the year with a series of weekend retreats for families impacted by pediatric illness and volunteers of Chai Lifeline. Hosted on Chai Lifeline’s beautiful Camp Simcha campus in Glen Spey, NY, the retreats help recharge participants for the year ahead.
“Connection is vital during illness, no person or family should go through sickness alone,” said Chai Lifeline Director of Volunteer Services Faige Yudkofsky. “Our retreats allow parents and kids to connect with people just like them to form a vibrant community of support.”
On October 23, Achim B’Yachad, the Chassidic division of Chai Lifeline, hosted a retreat for girls. Children impacted by pediatric illness were offered a fun weekend full of activities such as arts and crafts, singing, dancing, and special gifts. The weekend allowed parents to unwind at home while giving kids a fun-filled experience and a chance to connect with peers of similar backgrounds.
“I saw a huge difference over the weekend retreat… my kids blossomed overnight,” said Chani, a mother of seven. “I was emotional just watching them act like kids again and I am so thankful they got this experience.”
On November 6, Chai Lifeline hosted a retreat sponsored by LH Financial for families living with a cancer diagnosis. Cancer is an isolating experience that COVID-19 has only exacerbated. This retreat provided a chance for families to meet other families just like them and form a community as they support one another through the difficult journey. Over the weekend parents had a chance to join support groups led by mental health professionals while kids enjoy special activities.
On the weekend of December 11, Chai Lifeline will host its volunteer drivers for a weekend of appreciation. Volunteer drivers transport sick children and their parents to and from medical appointments. This lets the parent be fully present with their child during a deeply difficult time. Drivers commit their time at all hours of the day and night in order to help these families. As a gesture of appreciation, drivers will enjoy a relaxing weekend of spiritual connection, delicious food, and uplifting speeches from parents and families helped by Chai Lifeline.
The last winter Chai Lifeline retreat will take place on December 18 for families with children living with disabilities or chronic illnesses and will be generously sponsored by LH Financial.
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.