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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

Project CHAI

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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“Just Keep Trying” Adaptive Athlete Tells Camp Simcha Special Girls

Adaptive athlete Lindsay Hilton had a clear message for the girls of Camp Simcha Special: "Just try."

Adaptive athlete Lindsay Hilton had a clear message for the girls of Camp Simcha Special: “Just try.”

Lindsay Hilton was born without lower limbs on her legs or arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a CrossFit sensation, company spokesperson, and award-winning adaptive athlete. This summer, she added motivational speaker to her long list of accomplishments when she broke numerous barriers for the girls of Camp Simcha Special. read full story

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