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Poetry by Oshry Moyal, Camp Simcha Special camper and an inspiration to so many. Check out @poetrybyoshry on Instagram for more.

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Yesterday was #NationalHatDay, but our campers and staff never need a holiday to show off their chapeau fashion sense. Every day is National Hat Day for us!
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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous Chai Lifeline supporter, the Bezalaly family will be able to transport their daughter Sarah in comfort and with dignity.

The last time the Bezalelys bought a new van was in 2004. The Honda Odyssey was perfect for the growing family’s four young children. Five years later, their lives were upended when Sarah, their oldest, was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as the swine flu. The virus attacked her entire body, leading to multiple complications that included the loss of one of her legs. Sarah was now confined to a wheelchair.

As Sarah grew, she and the wheelchair got heavier. But Tamar faithfully lifted her daughter, and the chair, into the van whenever they needed to drive. Finally, the situation became untenable; Tamar injured her back and was warned not to continue lifting the wheelchair. Additionally, the van itself was now near the end of its useful life.

The Bezalelys knew they needed an accessible van with a wheelchair ramp for Sarah. But customized vans are very expensive, so Tamar began researching used vans that the family could afford. Then she received a call from her case manager at Chai Lifeline.

“She asked how my car was doing. I kind of giggled because our car is literally held together with duct tape. My kids have tried to spray paint over the scratches. Then she told me that someone had donated an accessible van to us. I had never heard of Chai Lifeline donating cars. When the case manager explained that the van was the gift of a friend of the organization, I was speechless.”

On Thursday afternoon, before the sun went down, as the Bezalelys (minus Sarah, who was still in high school) stood outside their home, a brand new Toyota Sienna was driven into the driveway. Atop the windshield was a bright red bow. Tamar, her husband, Rabbi Oren Bezalely and three younger children stood still for a moment, unbelieving. Then they joyously circled the van. They opened the doors and smelled the delicious new car odor. Rabbi Bezalely peered at the dashboard. The children sat in the seats. Everyone marveled at the lift that would allow Sarah to wheel herself up and into the van.

A few minutes later, Sarah came home from school, and a group of Chai Lifeline counselors arrived to celebrate the new van. The family and Chai Lifeline guests went outside. The back of the van was opened, and the lift operated so that Sarah could experience her new “ride.”

“This is beyond wonderful,” exclaimed Tamar. “I am very humbled. I don’t take it for granted. We could never have afforded this, and I am overwhelmed that someone did this for us.”

Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline’s executive vice president, said he was also humbled, but not surprised, at the donor’s generosity and his decision to remain anonymous. “This person knew that the gift would change the lives of everyone in the family. We are grateful for the kindness and thought that led to this amazing act.”

Rabbi Bezalely and Tamar hope they can one day return the favor. “Hashem gives everyone something in which he can help others. I hope that someday I can use what Hashem gave me to help this person,” Tamar said.
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Relive Bike4Chai 2016 and get ready for the 2017 ride!

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Video: Lenny Groysman and Stas Furman
Editing: Signature Video Production
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For everyone who cycled in Tour de Simcha, everyone who wanted to cycle but didn't, and everyone who just wants to know what happened...here are the peaks and valleys (literally!) of the amazing ride to Camp Simcha.

Production Credit: Signature Video Productions
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You are the author of your own life story, so make it a good one!
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Sometimes you have to fight through the bad days to get to the good days.
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Get pumped for Team Lifeline: musician Shlomo Simcha, who will be running with Team Canada, created this amazing music video. Special thanks to Israel Schachter, Simcha Cohen, Yosef Cohen, Melnick Studios, Joely Parker Bernstein and @kopshtick.
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Stay positive and keep looking up. That's the secret of LIFE.
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This week’s Sunday Superheroes are Offy and Estee Shifman, owners of south Florida’s Backyard BBQ and Brew. Last week they generously opened their restaurant on Sunday morning for Chai Lifeline families. It was an amazing event for new and veteran families, many who had never met before. The food was great and the Shifman’s warmth and generosity made the morning even more special. Thank you Estee and Offy!
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Chanukah will be sweeter this year for hundreds of Chai Lifeline children and families in the greater Lakewood area. They enjoyed a Candy Land themed pre-Chanukah party last week at Ateres Reva Hall, complete with a marvelous display of candy, designed by Mrs. Chavi Chase of Pret-a-Partee. The themed display featured favorite Candy Land locations, including Lollipop Woods, Gummy Hills and Chocolate Mountain. Judie Singer’s festive balloons, a dinner buffet, crafts with Rabbi Braunstein and performances by Uncle Moishy and Yehuda Aderet made it a party to remember. Every family went home with smiles on their faces and a gift-wrapped box filled with toys to enhance their Chanukah.
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Susan Mascitelli, Senior Vice President, Patient Services and Liaison to the Board of Trustees at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, received the Maimonides Medical Achievement Award at Chai Lifeline's 2016 Annual Gala. The award is given to people who have extended the boundaries of care for patients and their families.

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Fighting Illness With Love
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Hope. Compassion. Care. Joy.
The birthright of every child. Stolen by pediatric illness.

Since 1987, Chai Lifeline’s mission has been to restore the light of childhood to children whose innocence ended when life-threatening or lifelong illness was diagnosed.

Through free programs that address the emotional, social, and financial needs of seriously ill children, their families, and communities, Chai Lifeline restores normalcy to family life, and better enables families to withstand the crises and challenges of serious pediatric illness.

Non-profit. 501(c)(3) We are a three star (out of four) rated charity on Charity Navigator.
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