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Chana Rudnick | Denver, CO

Chana Rudnick

Last summer it was Route 66 (Gershon and I turned 66) in a car.This summer, my personal route 67 will go from Central Jersey through Upstate NY on a bike (!) to support kids suffering from pediatric illness. This is no ordinary cycling event; it’s an exhilarating ride ending at Camp Simcha, a remarkable overnight camp that provides seriously ill children with a vacation from sickness, restoring their spirits and renewing their determination to fight.

The ride won't be easy; 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

The ride will be to camp on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019. My objective is to raise $3,600 by then (more would be great), and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Please contribute by clicking on the donate button now.

Check out this website regularly to see my progress in training.

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.

Best regards,

Chana Rudnick
PS For more info about the bike ride please visit


Beautiful Day for a bike ride!

Gorgeous day! Currently 58 degrees. Had a great ride. Did 13 miles along the South Platte River. Averaged 10 miles an hour. Had a really tough head wind on the way back. In first gear on the flats! Stopped at REI to have my seat adjusted, at the end of my ride. Now I can stand when I do hills. YAY! My son, Gavriel, picked me up at the park near REI. This felt really good.


My bike ride was yesterday, the 27th.

Don't think I'll be biking anytime soon.

Yay! I got a ride in! I hoped to go 12 miles, and the day looked good. It was 51 degrees, but when I got down to Sloan's Lake the wind had kicked up to 8 mph with gusts (which lasted a bit) up to 17 mph. I made it around the lake twice before heading home. I did get in 6 miles and a good bit of that felt like up hill because of the wind. I was in almost the lowest gear to fight it on flat land! Today we have snow.


My availability has not coincided with our good-weather days. I haven't been idle, though. I'm trying to get the hang of spinning. It is quite a workout. Fitbit had a workout day north of here on Sunday and I went. It felt good while I was doing it but I'm still feeling those muscles. I've upped my daily steps and am trying to get 4.5 miles in per day. They're calling for snow tomorrow morning and 40's for Friday and Shabbos. Maybe Sunday, when it's 52, I'll get a chance to bike again.


Snow again today. Did not ride this week,though yesterday would have been good - 60 degrees and no wind. I did train, however. My friend and partner in this endeavor, Aviva Polter, suggested we do spinning at the new rec center to get in shape, so we tried it last night. What a workout! Thank you, Elaine Brasch, for the tip about padded bike shorts. I found a pair at half price at REI and picked them up before class. What a comfort saver! Thank you all for helping out with this. Out of 142 riders,at the moment, Aviva and I are numbers 5 & 2 with donors and 10 & 7 for amount raised.


sNOw biking today!


Dec. 27 Friends from Atlanta came in to ski and stayed with us off and on. They left today. It has been cold. Maybe winter is coming. Too cold for biking outside so did some cycling at the gym. Dec. 30 Got up to 50 today. Overcast and expecting snow (3-7 overnight and tomorrow), but I thought I'd get some biking in while I could. Gershon and I went down to Clear Creek at Pecos St. I biked as far as Sheridan and back - 6 miles. Averaged 11 mph with some mild hills and a good bit of wind. Gershon turned back early since he didn't have a windbreaker.


Dec. 20 - Did about 15 minutes of hill work and averaged 8 miles per hour. I'm pretty happy about that. Enjoying the sunny weather, but I wish we would get some rain or snow. It is very dry around here.


Dec. 5 - Rode 10 miles averaging 8.9 mph. Went around 3 times and then when to Dry Gulch to get a little hill practice in. Dec. 10 - Went biking with Gershon. Beautiful day with no wind. What a difference that makes! Did 8.7 miles, mostly in high gears. The one hill I have done in the lowest gears I did in mid gears this time. I averaged 9 mph. Dec. 16 - Worked the hills in the gulch for 23 minutes. Did 2.9 miles averaging 8.3 mph. Feeling stronger every day. Dec. 17 - Temperatures in the high 50s! Gershon and I rode down to REI. 3.13 miles averaging 11.7 mph. On the way Isaw a bunch of hooded mergansers. The males are in fine feathers. We stopped to shop then went a little further down the South Platte River and headed home 3.9 miles averaging 7.9. It's more up hill. We saw more mergansers and a male bufflehead. Neither are native to this area. A beautiful red fox nonchalantly crossed our path. Thank You, Hashem, for a great ride!


Dec. 5, 2:30 45 degrees. Another beautiful day! Went around the lake 3 times and did a little of Dry Gulch. Did 10 miles in just over an hour. Got a little hill work in, too. Little by little I should get there.


Dec. 4, 2:31 39 degrees Beautiful day! Decided to start "training" and went for a 6 mile ride. (I haven't been on my bike in months.) Starting easy. I rode to Sloan's Lake and went around twice. Saw a bald eagle standing on the ice in the lake on the southwest side. Pretty cool. There is snow on the mountains.


raised of $3,600 goal


2. Suellen Mack
Be safe. Michael and Suellen
3. Ruth Hyman
Go, you!!!!!
4. Chana Rudnick
5. Gittel & Meir Moshe
We're rooting for you! You're such a great person and this is a super worthy cause!
6. Gavriel and Avigail Rudnick

Riding in Recovery of


Age: 12

Chana was born with epilepsy, and seizures have been part of her life since she was four. She is determined to enjoy life, and had the summer of a lifetime at Camp Simcha Special this year.
40 donors