The dynamism and vibrancy of Chai Lifeline was on full display Oct. 28 at a community-wide Color Run at the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The Color Run was a culmination of efforts in recent months to raise awareness in Silver Spring of what Chai Lifeline is doing for families with pediatric illness living next door and around the corner. In a heartwarming showing of solidarity and kindness, 80 participants — Chai Lifeline children, volunteers, and community lay leaders — jogged around Kemp Mill Synagogue while being showered with colored powder paint (made of food-grade corn starch) at stations along the run.
An international health-support organization providing critical support services and programs for families with sick children, Chai Lifeline has significantly increased its presence in the Greater Washington, D.C., area since opening a regional Mid-Atlantic office two years ago.
Chai Lifeline has initiated professional relationships with local hospitals, and patient referrals between the organization and area hospitals are becoming multidirectional, according to organization representatives. Instances of patient advocacy have quadrupled in the last six months alone.
“With each passing week, Chai Lifeline’s indelible impact on our community is solidifying. There are more sick children that we are learning about and more families that are relying on Chai Lifeline as their lifeline,”said Ahuva Orlofsky, the first member to join Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic’s Board of Directors, which represents families living in the region.
By Kol HaBirah Staff