Chai Lifeline Families Set Sail into Chanukah Spirit with Simcha Cruise

Children with serious illness and their families got into the Chanukah spirit with Chai Lifeline’s first-ever Simcha Cruise on Sunday night, November 21. More than 1,200 participants from across the tri-state area enjoyed delicious food, exciting games and activities, and breathtaking Hudson River views of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty aboard the three-story luxury yacht. The Chanukah Party was sponsored by Cross River Bank.

“One of the messages of Chanukah is about bringing light to the darkness,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “The mission of Chai Lifeline is to help bring light to those that are in the darkness. To bring joy, happiness, and support to those who need it most. This Chanukah party exemplifies all that our dedicated staff and volunteers do throughout the year on behalf of our families.”

Following a buffet dinner, children took part in arts and crafts, face painting, magic and bubble shows, prize giveaways, and more. Yitzy Haber of The Shnitzel Guys emceed the jam-packed party, which featured a comedy stunt show by Wacky Chad and a rocking concert by Yoni Z.

“We all had a great time!” said one Chai Lifeline mother. “The kids—and us—enjoyed the loads of entertainment. They were so happy with all you had in store for them. There was something for everyone. Our kids look forward to this all year. They may be little, but they are not too little to feel your love!”

“Not only did all my children have such a great time but they also came away from this with a more meaningful look on life,” said another mother. “Thank you for making Chanukah so special for our entire family!”

Chanukah parties and events will take place across Chai Lifeline’s various U.S. and international regions and more than 50,000 toys will be distributed to children and families around the world this Chanukah season.

Chai Lifeline is a leading international children’s health support network, providing critical support to children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses and their families. To learn more or to make a donation, visit www.chailifeline.org

Chai Lifeline West Coast to Celebrate A Night of Champions at December 15 Virtual Gala

Chai Lifeline West Coast presents its first-ever virtual gala on Wednesday, December 15 at 8 PM. The program, titled “A Night of Champions” will honor Los Angeles residents Drs. Atara and Dael Geft and the Ellman family, and will pay tribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The online event will feature guest appearances by comedian Elon Gold and Jeopardy! Host Mayim Bialik. 

“The story of Chai Lifeline and the tremendous impact we have on children and families dealing with illness and loss is one of community,” said Director of Chai Lifeline West Coast, Randi Grossman. “This Gala is a tribute to our community of champions who make the life-changing work of Chai Lifeline possible.”  

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Chai Lifeline’s Annual Report Summarizes What We Do Every Day

Our 2017 Annual Report is more than a summary of numbers. In language and design, the Report clearly and succinctly describes the impact that our programs and services have on more than 5,400 children and families around the world.

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Heard From a Client…

The impact of Camp Simcha lasts way beyond the summer.

The impact of Camp Simcha lasts way beyond the summer.

 

Rivky Schwartz, girls head counselor at Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special, received this text from a longtime camper. (We’ve changed a few of the details to protect our camper’s privacy.)

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Hundreds of cyclists raised millions of dollars to fund Chai Lifeline's year-round activities at this year's Bike4Chai and Tour de Simcha bicycling events.

BIKE4CHAI, TOUR DE SIMCHA TAKE CYCLING TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR OUR CHILDREN

Hundreds of cyclists raised millions of dollars to fund Chai Lifeline's year-round services at Bike4Chai and Tour de Simcha.

Hundreds of cyclists raised millions of dollars to fund Chai Lifeline’s year-round services at Bike4Chai and Tour de Simcha.

Over 700 cyclists put cleats to pedals to raise money for Chai Lifeline’s children and families in two separate events this summer. read full story

Camp Simcha Works Its Magic for 440 Campers

Camp Simcha was turned into a Magic Kingdom this summer.

Camp Simcha was turned into a Magic Kingdom this summer.

It’s always enchanting to watch the buses pull in to Camp Simcha. Four times a summer, children alight into the waiting arms of counselors, go through a purple arch and emerge into a world where illness recedes and fun awaits. read full story

“Just Keep Trying” Adaptive Athlete Tells Camp Simcha Special Girls

Adaptive athlete Lindsay Hilton had a clear message for the girls of Camp Simcha Special: "Just try."

Adaptive athlete Lindsay Hilton had a clear message for the girls of Camp Simcha Special: “Just try.”

Lindsay Hilton was born without lower limbs on her legs or arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a CrossFit sensation, company spokesperson, and award-winning adaptive athlete. This summer, she added motivational speaker to her long list of accomplishments when she broke numerous barriers for the girls of Camp Simcha Special. read full story

MID-ATLANTIC “ENTOURAGE” BRINGS YOUNG VOLUNTEERS TO JOHNS HOPKINS

Entourage offers younger volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of  peers living with illnesses.

Entourage offers younger volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of peers living with illnesses.

A unique collaboration between Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic and Johns Hopkins Medical Center is integrating young volunteers into Chai Lifeline while creating exciting programs for children battling a number of medical conditions.

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Paws of Love Helps Children Emerge From Their Shells

Interacting with pets has physical and emotional benefits for children with illnesses.

Interacting with pets has physical and emotional benefits for children with illnesses.*
*Photo used for illustrative purposes only.

In the spring of 2016, Eli was diagnosed with a serious chronic disorder. As the realities of his new life, one where he would be more restricted in his movement, sunk in, he became more withdrawn. Concerned, they confided their worries to their Chai Lifeline West Coast case manager. read full story

help your teen with chronic illness become independent and treatment-compliant

5 Steps to Take To Nudge Your Teen With Chronic Illness to Take Responsibility For Her Health

Adolescence is a time when parents of teens with chronic illnesses or medical challenges may want to tear their hair out.

Adolescence is the period where teens need to psychologically move away from their parents and become more independent. Many times, teens will push limits to see how far they can go.
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