Well over 2,000 members of the Lakewood kehillah packed Ateres Chana last night to show their support for Chai Lifeline and the many services it provides to local mishpachos. From Roshei Yeshiva to rabbonim, yeshivaleit and balabatim, all came to honor an organization that does so much for so many.
Numerous parlor meetings have been held in Lakewood over the past month to ensure the dinner’s success. Pre-dinner events throughout many neighborhoods also gave residents the opportunity to hear directly from families about the impact Chai Lifeline has had on their lives, providing crucial services with exemplary compassion and professionalism.
The night kicked off with opening remarks by Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger, who explained how indispensable Chai Lifeline is in Lakewood and shared numerous anecdotes about Chai Lifelines work. Rabbi Hisiger introduced the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Malkiel Kotler shlita who offered divrei bracha, commending Chai Lifeline for attaining the highest possible level of chesed and stressing the organization’s importance to the Lakewood Kehilla.
Dr. Frank Balis, Director, Clinical Cancer Research Center for Childhood Cancer Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was honored with the Community Service Award for his selfless devotion and the unwavering dedication he lavishes on his young patients.
Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice-president of Chai Lifeline introduced a powerful video presentation commemorating the short, yet tremendously full lives of Yosef Shalom Feldheim a’h and Malky Hirth a’h. The footage paid tribute to these young tzaddikim who lived each day with an ever-present simchas hachaim and steadfast emunah despite the trying and painful times they experienced over the course of their illnesses. Both Malky and Yosef Shalom, along with their families, impacted everyone they encountered, from doctors, nurses, volunteers and community members, creating an immense Kiddush Hashem in their wake. As Rabbi Sruli Fried, NJ regional director concluded at the end of the presentation, “The smiles and laughter emanating from the young children on screen bears witness to the goal of Chai Lifeline to allow children to be children against all odds”
After being inspired by the uplifting program, the attendees left infused with a greater appreciation for Chai Lifeline and its many volunteers who literally devote themselves heart and soul to bettering the lives of those facing illness.
“We are grateful to everyone who joined us,” said Rabbi Sruli Fried, “The enthusiasm and the warmth shown to us by the Lakewood kehillah is an inspiration to everyone at Chai Lifeline and gives us all that extra burst of energy so that we can continue doing our best to help every single family who reaches out to us.”
Please join with Chai Lifeline and show your support for this essential community organization. For more information or to donate please click here or call 732-719-1771.