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Sarah Shidler | Toms River, NJ

Sarah Shidler

Over the past few years, I've seen firsthand the amazing services that Chai Lifeline has provided to my niece. About 5 years ago, Zahava, who was just 6 at the time, was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called AVM, Arteriovenous Malformation, for which there is no cure. In essence, her veins and arteries were intertwined inside her foot. Veins push blood and arteries pull blood; Zahava’s were both pulling the blood from her heart down into her foot causing her whole foot to swell to disproportionate sizes, becoming very uncomfortable and dangerous for Zahava’s bodily blood flow.

Zahava has since spent her life having embolization surgeries almost every 6-8 weeks. She also spent many months either on crutches or in a wheelchair and in pain management clinics or on morphine drips. This year, after multiple emergency visits to the hospital and little reprieve for Zahava, her doctors concluded that an amputation would give her the best chance of having some level of normalcy in her life moving forward. At the end of this month, Zahava will be undergoing an amputation of her foot to remove the AVM. Although we hope that this surgery will bring much needed healing, there is an 80% chance of the AVM returning. Zahava will continue to live with the effects of AVM for the rest of her life, as well as adapt to a different way of living life without the use of her foot.

Throughout Zahava’s continual journey, Chai Lifeline has been a bright spot during a difficult time. They’ve provided countless support, including food during hospital stays, special one-on-one time from volunteer Big Sisters for Zahava and her siblings, and Zahva’s favorite, Camp Simcha Special.

Zahava is the strongest girl I know, and I will be running in her honor. My goal is to raise $3,600, but I need your help. Every donation is 100% tax deductible. Please join me in supporting this important organization by contributing to my personal page. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you for your support!

Sarah Shidler , Her favorite Aunt <3

Life for a child with cancer, disability, or other serious illness is grueling. From the moment of diagnosis, Chai Lifeline’s dedicated staff and volunteers are there to provide joy, hope, and unparalleled care throughout the turbulent medical journey.

My objective is to raise $3,600, and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Please contribute generously to this important cause by clicking on the donate button now.
On behalf of the children of Chai Lifeline, thank you for your support.

So excited and appreciative for hitting my goal! I am now going to aim for 5k for Chai Lifeline. Zahava came home from the hospital right before Shabbas, she is adjusting very well. It was incredible to come home from the hospital and have an entire shabbas meal and treats delivered to our door. Just one of the amazing things our family benfits from being a Chai Lifeline family.


Post Amputation and stronger then ever 💪🏽

This girls a boss


JUMP 4 Chai Lifeline

Zahava & Me at her pre-surgery party!

Zahava & Me at her pre-surgery party!

Yes, I did ride in the tutu the whole time...YES im crazy.


raised of $5,000 goal


1. Getzy & Shaindy Tischler
2. Dovi & Racheli Rubinstein
Hope your neice has an easy recovery and iyh should have a refuah sheleima!
3. Anonymous
4. Mushkiss Perlman
5. Anonymous
6. Leah Birnhack

Fundraising History

Total Amount Raised since 2021
raised in 2022
raised in 2021
82 donors