It's really an amazing organization that does incredible things for sick children and their families. Nothing that anyone can say detracts from that reality. The complaints of specific individuals on this site say more for what they DON'T mention - the kids who are served by Chai Lifeline and who are sustained from year to year by the dream of returning for another summer to Camp Simcha - than for what they do (bruised feelings, big egos). The volunteers who donate so selflessly of their time and effort on behalf of this organization are a charitable-giving "multiplier" - you get ten times in services for every dollar that you give.
There are no words to describe how Chai Lifeline impacts lives. They are there at the moments you need them most, and continue to support. I remember once I got a call from Chai Lifeline late in the afternoon asking if I can go downtown to the hospital to deliver food to a family who's son was admitted to emergency. Once I got to the hospital and met the mother, she was confused as to why I was delivering food. I told her I was from Chai Lifeline, and immediately a smile filled her face. She said "My son was just admitted 2 hours ago and I have no clue how Chai Lifeline knew that, but I'm not surprised."Chai Lifeline never stops amazing everyone around with all they have done and continue to do. I'm honored to be part of such an incredible organization!
Did you know there's a Disney Land in Upstate New York? Did you know there's a group of people that are like angels like white angels helping relieve and cure the pain of cancer patients? Not just with daily help, such as, food services, babysitting, housekeeping, big sistering, tutoring, hotlining, dr. Referring but in general blowing a wind and spirit of life and excitment so magically into the patient undergoing treatment and the family. For years, I was employed as a counselor/supervisor at Camp Simcha which I like to refer to as Disney Land in Upstate. I was just a counselor; cancer has never touched my family and so I felt like I needed to give back. For those two weeks suddenly; there were no problems in this world for everything was so happy. No problems one would think? When you have young bald kids already aged 4 until 24 running around camp attached to an IV sometimes or many times stuck in a wheelchair. Yes, the happiest place; for besides for Camp Simcha not stopping at anything and going all out with a disney level program on a disney level camp ground. Camp simcha proved that happiness is not dependent on the physical; it's something deep within. So for these 2 weeks we left our make up bags home, our nice clothes and modern tech gadegets home, barely spoke to old friends or family and met eye to eye with the chore of the human. We saw the naked truth cus the physical and materialistic outters were gone. We were so excited with that one thing called "life" we too as volunteers suddenly felt connected to this desperation and apperation for life. We would dance and sing and hug and laugh. There was no discrimination, there was no limitation to the word happiness. The camp has free soda machines, a canteen that has sweets and dream goodies that only the happiest place in the world can possess. It has artrooms and wood carving rooms and pottery room and baking and a sophisticated basketball court and a wheelchair accesible pool and the greatest cook in the world; preparing 16 course meals. The lake has motor boats, paddle boats, kayaks and what not?!?! I know I've omitted some very important facilities like the game room etc..... I know and so do my colleague volunteers that the endless and tireless giving and spread of happiness that Camp Simcha has achieved is one that many cancer survivors and thousands of volunteers and bereaved families can attest to. The so many children that have left this world and met with true peace have no doubt helped and given strength to the organization to function and run better and better as a merit of the endless and tireless giving they gave until that last breath. Many an organization have tried competing with Chai Lifeline/ Camp Simcha but there's something magical that just can't drive them out of their success. They have built a professional team of directors and an organization run by professional and honest pple like Rabbi Simcha Scholar who are there for one thing and one thing only; to help and assist and ease. I was employed for a short while at the manhattan office and I was amazed when Rabbi Scholar told me at a meeting; "in this office and in this organization there are no mistakes; it's not an enter and delete process here, WE ARE DEALING WITH A LIFE!!!!! He screamed. The office runs like clock work; with scheduled case meetings and all that a professional office needs so it functions properly which directly affects the success of all they do for the cance patients and their families. Recently my niece was diagnosed and now; although once far from my family. I'm connected again with the organization (4 kids later and many years past) and those pictures that my brother emails us from the volunteers and case workers. The help they've supplied him with at home and otherwise cannot be properly described. For words cannot always do justice, especially in this situation. Chai lifeline/Camp Simcha deserve every high honor that can be bestowed upon them. And if not in this world then in the world to come.
I have seen Chai Lifeline step in and support the child and family of seriously ill children. I know their expertise in helping the family establish a sense of normalcy and cope with the financial and emotional strains. There is no better organization out there. They celebrate the cures, remissions, successes and mourn with the families whose struggle has changed.
Chai Lifeline is an organization like no other. They understand that when children are sick it is not just that child that needs help. Chai Lifeline is there for the whole family. As a volunteer, I sit with children in the hospitals so the parents can go home and get a much needed break, or take care of their other children. While it is horrible to watch a child suffer through anytime of illness, I feel lucky to have been able to interact with these children and hopefully make their journey a little easier with a smile or a laugh.
Provides an amazing service. life changing to both volunteers and service users.
Chai Lifeline is an INSANE orginization! The volunteers are so dedicated :)
My wife and daughter are volunteers for Chai Lifeline and it's amazing how many people they help, and the depth to which they go to make them feel comfortable. I've never seen an organization go to such lengths to make a family feel at-ease with their trials and tribulations. Chai Lifeline is an internationally recognized organization and with good reason.