VIDEO: After a special Camp Simcha Summer experience, Alexander (aka Avi) was about to board a plane back to Tampa, FL when Chai Lifeline made his dream come true. Sam Zaks showed up with a brand new Nikon D90, a gift from Chai Lifeline and an anonymous donor who met him last week during a visit to camp.
Alexander had been a budding photographer until his accident two years ago, when he broke his spine and lost his arm after slipping 35 feet onto rocks and sand, when he hit a high-voltage wire.
His new camera will now allow him get back in the game on a new level.
He was clearly moved when presented with the gift outside the Continental Airlines terminal at Newark Airport, and could not stop smiling as the group crowded around him, singing and cheering.
Each summer, 400 seriously ill children are treated to unforgettable, medically supervised overnight camp experiences at Camp Simcha, for children battling cancer and other hematological illnesses, and Camp Simcha Special, for children with debilitating chronic conditions.
At Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, children and teens trade hospital rooms and doctors’ offices for fun, friendship, and hope for the future. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities in fully handicapped-accessible facilities. Talent shows, concerts, and helicopter, hot-air, and motorcycle rides make every day super-special.
Campers return home reinvigorated, with deep friendships and happy memories to help them travel the rough road ahead.
Camp Simcha is a program of Chai Lifeline.
Video by Akiva Bomzer. Special thanks to Albert Balasiano, Yaakov Avigdor, Yaffa Wygoda, & Dovid Rapps. TLS.