Just starting to have to deal with this organization and they have been so wonderful. When your life gets turned upside down by your child being diagnosed with cancer - Chai Lifeline comes in and turns it right back around. Nothing is too much to ask for.
My son was diagnosed with ALL in 2009. Our lives were turned upside down. Immediately, Chai Lifeline sent us our case manager, and thats our relationship began. Chai Lifeline sent us countless meals while we were in the hospital, sent volunteers to hep care for other child, arranged second opinion visits to the best doctord, etc. And i can't even describe My son's experience at camp Simcha! He came home a different child. we will forever be greatfull for everything this wonderful organization did for us.
When my daughter lay dying with cancer, the amazing volunteers from Chai Lifeline came regularly to visit her and brighten her days. In addition their visits provided respite for me. When my daughter was in treatment these amazing people sent her to camp where she says she found peace, love and acceptance. The amazing volunteers came all the time to visit when we were in patient, providing food and conversation and a distraction from what our daughter was going through. I could go on and on. parties, trips, camp, reunion, companionship....
Chai Lifeline has been a part of my life ever since my little brother was diagnosed with cancer fifteen years ago. From their hospital support services to their wonderful summer camp and everything in between (there's nothing they won't do to ease the burden of illness), Chai Lifeline IS the meaning of family.
There isn't enough space in the world to list everything that Chai Lifeline has done for our family and how much they mean to us. My son was diagnosed with JPA at the age of five. Chai Lifeline was there with food for the family, hospice care volunteers, activities for the siblings, a shoulder to cry on, camp for my son, parties and outings for him and the whole family to help us feel a little bit normal. Everything is taken into account when working with these children with life threatening illness, so that the treatments and tubes don't stop them from having the times of there lives. As a parent I have bonded with other parents and found comfort in the groups and retreats. The speakers and experts that I have at my disposal through Chai Lifeline, have given me priceless help.
My son was born with a condtion that doesn't allow him to bend his arms or legs. He is now 10 years old. Since he was 3 every summer was one of the hardest seasons to get by. He couldn't ride a bike, couldnt run in the park, shoot basketballs, play baseballs, etc. Then Chai Lifeline/Camp Simcha Special came around and saved our lives. WIth activites throughout the years to make my son feel so very special. But the best part of all is Camp Simcha Special. He looks forward to these incredible days all year. Besides the regular swimming,very special entertainment, they have candle making, mosaics, woodshop, ceramics and other very special arts and crafts. All activites that my son is able to do. The counsellors are full time entertainers!! They don't stop giving these childeren FUN!! and when camp is over they keep in touch with the campers - even from distant places such as Israel!!
There is no organization I can think of who has helped us in so many ways than Camp Simcha/Chai LIfeline.
I cant say enough about how wonderful this organization is. My nephew has been going to Camp Simcha for the past 4 years. Each year when he comes back he is a happy, smiling, proud boy. his spirits are so fantastic and the doctors are always so happy with his progress over the summers. He waits from the time he comes home each summer until he can go back. He loves the fact that they cater to his every need. He feels loved, cherished and they give him confidence to be secure with his disability..