This summer, I will participate in a two-day, 200 mile bike ride into the Adirondack Mountains. The purpose of this ride is to raise funds for the Ariella Horenstein Bikur Cholim Society, an organization founded ten years ago in memory of my daughter, Ariella, who struggled with severe medical issues, and unfortunately passed away at age 8 1/2 after undergoing many painful procedures - radiation, chemotherapy, and finally a bone marrow transplant.
'Bikur Cholim' means 'visiting & caring for the sick'. I know firsthand, the anguish and helplessness families feel when confronted with the challenges of severe illness, and this organization provides the essential services which are most needed during such trying times. I partnered with Chabad of Durham, NC, to develop a hospitality house a block away from the Duke University Medical Center, where patients and families can find refuge in comfortable surroundings, fully stocked with food and other amenities. The organization also assists families based on their unique needs, helping to connect with the best doctors, providing transportation, and visiting with them during their agonizing experience. Many of these patients come for lung transplants, treatment for brain tumors, and stem cell & bone marrow transplants. All donations are 100% tax-deductible, and ALL of the funds will go directly to this amazing cause.
To train for the ride, I will bike the hills of Harriman & Bear Mountain State Parks and northward, with a 2020 training goal of 3,000 miles, and a cumulative 220,000 feet of climb.
Please be a part of my ride this year, and contribute by clicking the DONATE button now.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Thank you for supporting me and in doing so, helping very desperate families cope with the diagnosis, treatment an aftermath of serious illness.