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If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire community to help parents raising a child with a life-threatening illness or chronic condition. Here's where you'll find a community of information, support, strength, and friendship -- all facilitated by Chai Lifeline, the international children's health support organization.
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1100 Show Support for Chai Lifeline at 2017 Annual Gala

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The 2017 Annual Gala celebrating the work of Chai Lifeline internationally was an evening of laughter and tears, amazement and awe.

Master Mentalist Lior Suchard astounded us with his abilities. At one point, two members of our audience multiplied several numbers important only to them. When they revealed the number on their cellphone, he revealed the number on a huge scroll. when the scroll was turned upside down, the numbers spelled out “Chai Lifeline.”

We were brought to tears by the hauntingly beautiful “We Are Strong: The Faces of Hope,” written by Malky Storch, Bracha Goldstein and Miriam Storch. They sang the song to their beloved sister, Hudis, as she lay dying. It was sung publicly for the first time by 8th Day at the Gala. read full story

Camp Simcha's March of Hope gave 400 campers and staff a chance to celebrate life and survivorship.

4 Things You Can Do For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity for all of us to become involved in finding cures and enabling children with illness to live full lives as they fight illness.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity for all of us to become involved in finding cures and enabling children with illness to live full lives as they fight illness.

You hear the news, and your breathing stops momentarily. Another child has been diagnosed with cancer.

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but if you know someone whose child has been diagnosed, the name is an oxymoron. How could you be anything but aware of a child’s suffering and a family’s distress? read full story

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Coping with the Aftermath of Natural disasters: A Guide for Families

By Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, Director of Interventions and Community Education

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Any occurrence that constitutes a significant break in routine coupled with a potential threat to life and limb can evoke traumatic reactions. Many residents in our community have been exposed to such trauma during the recent hurricane and may be emotionally reeling from its impact.

The following suggestions for helping your children and family cope with the lingering impact and effects of this calamitous event may be helpful as the entire community comes to grips with the devastating storm. read full story

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Ask the Doctor: Talking to Children About a Cancer Diagnosis

It's impossible to shield children from sadness, but parents can take steps to make sad or disturbing news easier to hear -- and bear.

It’s impossible to shield children from sadness, but parents can take steps to make sad or disturbing news easier to hear — and bear.

Dr. Cheryl Book, Director of Family and Clinical Services, answers parents’ questions about how to break the news that someone a child knows has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  

Unfortunately, it is quite probable that most children will know someone who is diagnosed with cancer during their childhoods. It could be a friend or teacher, a neighbor or a family member. It might be someone on their periphery, or someone close to them. Your child will have questions and will look to you for answers. The following pointers may make a difficult conversation easier. read full story

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Then…and Now

Madeline's illness took a chunk of her childhood - but not her spirit or zest for life. Her experience at Camp Simcha inspired her to give forward. She now plans a professional life of helping others.

Madeline’s illness took a chunk of her childhood – but not her spirit or zest for life. Her experience at Camp Simcha inspired her to give forward. She now plans a professional life of helping others.

When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with cancer and Chai Lifeline changed my life! They were always there for me when I needed someone. Camp Simcha changed my life and I made so many friends there. I still speak to them from this day! When I grow up, I want to be an American Sign Language teacher to help kids who are deaf. Thank you Chai Lifeline!

Madeline Benoff

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In the Southeast, Summer Dayz Meant Summer Fun

Summer Dayz extends Chai Lifeline Southeast's recreational and social programming for children through the summer months.

Summer Dayz extends Chai Lifeline Southeast’s recreational and social programming for children through the summer months.

One of the quandaries that Chai Lifeline faces annually is how to give the love, acceptance, and confidence that children find at Chai Lifeline throughout the year to kids during the summer months.  Last year, Chai Lifeline Southeast, the regional branch of the international children’s health support organization, created the ultimate fix for them: Summer Dayz. read full story

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

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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

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Triumphant Tour De Simcha Cycles Into Camp Simcha Special

The Tour De Simcha entry to camp was led by two CSS cyclists.


The Tour De Simcha entry to camp was led by two CSS cyclists.

The road from Vernon, NJ to Glen Spey, NY was dotted with pink last week when 219 women cycled their way from the Minerals Spa and Resort to Camp Simcha Special as part of the 2017 Tour de Simcha. read full story

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