I am riding in honor of Elisheva Gitelis. The most amazing girl that I was lucky enough to meet in Camp Simcha. Elisheva has taught me to look at life through a different light. She has taught me the power of appreciation, and gratitude. She has taught me to never take things for granted and to always go the extra mile for those who matter. She has taught me a smile is worth a thousand words especially when times are tough, and to her I am eternally grateful.
Last summer I had the opportunity to be a staff member at Camp Simcha. If I had to choose a word to describe Camp Simcha I would't be able to choose just one. What Camp Simcha does is indescribable. The joy they bring to the lives of children who are sick is amazing. I've seen incredible things happen in Camp Simcha. I saw a girl who due to her illness, her legs became weak and she hasn't really been on her feet. In Simcha, she ran. The smile on her face when everyone stood up and cheered for her is still with me till this day. I will never forget running, not stopping for a break or to slow down, through a short color run with Elisheva who is in a wheelchair. Although I wasn't able to see her smiling face since I was behind her, I was able to hear her excitement as she encouraged me to keep going and to run even faster. Even though I was a little out of breath at the end, her smile made it all worth it. If I were to write about every memory of mine from Simcha it would be a 100 page book, so here are a few of my most favorite and life changing memories from Camp Simcha. I hope these memories have moved you to help me reach my goal of raising $10,000 for Elisheva and the rest of the children of Camp Simcha. Camp Simcha believes in miracles and in Camp Simcha miracles are what you see.
This summer, I will bike 75 miles through Northern Jersey and upstate NY to Camp Simcha, an extraordinary overnight camp that gives ill children a vacation from sickness, and restores their spirits and renews their determination to fight.
The ride won't be easy, but neither is life for a child with cancer or other serious illness. Camp Simcha and its sister camp, Camp Simcha Special, are Chai Lifeline’s flagship programs. Every year these two camps offer 430 children a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again. (To learn more about Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha special, visit campsimcha.org.) I will be biking to camp on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. My objective is to raise by $10,000 then and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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Thank you for supporting me, and in doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of serious pediatric illness.
PS For more info about the bike ride please visit tourdesimcha.com