As I write this, we are in the midst of finalizing plans for 2016 Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall trip to Israel. This year's 10-day trip will bring teens who have finished treatment for cancer and a parent who has cared for them to Israel for a combination of sightseeing, discovery, growth, and yes, closure.
The term commonly used for those touched by cancer is "survivors," and indeed our teens and their parents have survived physical and emotional battles that have tested their strength and fortitude. Wish at the Wall is a unique opportunity to synthesize their experiences and articulate how they've grown and changed. Being in Israel also gives them an opportunity to focus and express gratitude for emerging from this journey.
Like all Chai Lifeline programs, Wish at the Wall is free to families. It is your leadership and commitment that enables us to continue to offer it year after year. On behalf of those who have completed the trip over the last 18 years, and those who will have the chance to go in the future, I thank you.
Rabbi Shlomo Crandall
Chai Lifeline Midwest Director