Chai4ever began helping families with Pesach preparations two months before the holiday. The organization provides emotional and practical support for families dealing with the acute or chronic illness of a parent. Chai4ever staff and volunteers spent hours helping families with cleaning, cooking, and babysitting, and arranging for families to be hosted for the entire holiday. In addition, Chai4Ever welcomed 1,000 clients and children to a chol hamoed extravaganza that included a trip to the Liberty Science Center and a cruise along the Hudson. With the help of supporters, it is helping more than 500 patients, families, and children in New Jersey, across the United States, and in Israel.
Cancer patient Rachel P. highlighted Chai4ever’s lifesaving work: “Ever since I was diagnosed, my husband and I have been focused on trying to navigate the treatment options. Everything else would have fallen by the wayside if not for Chai4ever. They sent me fully prepared meals for Yom Tov. They cleaned my entire house. They kept my children occupied and entertained. But all of this pales beside their crowning glory. For months now, my children have been withdrawn and morose. They are sad, afraid, and angry. They spend Shabbos and Yom Tov refusing to come out of their rooms. I am embarrassed to say I was dreading spending the long holiday with my surly children. But the Chai4ever Chol Hamoed trip brought them out of their shells. I finally got to see them enjoying themselves, smiling, even laughing. This simcha that Chai4ever brought to my children, my husband, and me, was the greatest chessed by far.”
Chai4ever’s year-round services offer comprehensive, practical, and emotional support that is tailored to each family’s needs. Camp4ever!, the premier summer camp for children of seriously ill patients, offers fun and adventure while building an understanding community of peers.
For information on Chai4ever’s programs, call (646) 519-2190.