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July 28, 2010

From Shore To Mountains, 40 Lakewood Professionals Plan To Bike 135 Miles To Help Kids With Cancer

LAKEWOOD, N.J., July 28, 2010 – A group of Lakewood professionals plan to bicycle 135 miles over two days in August to raise money for children who are battling serious illnesses. The group, comprised mostly of area professionals, have set a goal of raising $150,000 with this sponsored bike ride so that 30 children with cancer can attend Camp Simcha, a medically-supervised overnight summer camp in Glen Spey, N.Y.

Every year, Camp Simcha provides a full array of traditional camp activities, from archery to water activities, along with special events such as helicopter rides and concerts, to 430 seriously ill children. A state-of-the-art medical center, dedicated medical team, and specially-trained counselors ensure that even children on chemotherapy can enjoy two weeks of uninterrupted fun. Campers return home enriched by their experiences, filled with happy memories, and armed with a community of friends who will help them through the rough patches in their lives.

The Bike4Chai bicycle ride will start on August 3rd in Lakewood, N.J., and end on August 4th with a triumphant entrance into Camp Simcha in Glen Spey. The group has raised $100,000 so far. It has been organized by Chai Lifeline, an international non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the non-medical needs of seriously ill children, their families and communities. One of the riders, Psachya Skaist, has a child who recently finished treatment for cancer at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. Another of the riders also has a child – battling cancer – who is attending camp.

“This certainly won't be an easy ride, but neither is life for a child with cancer or other serious illness,” said Elliot Zaks, one of the riders. “We hope not only to raise money so they can attend this special camp, but also be an inspiration to them to continue with their fight against crippling illness. Camp Simcha offers these children an extraordinary summer experience of fun, friendship and life-long memories. I hope to support this wonderful camp by encouraging people to co-sponsor the Bike4Chai bike ride.”

To learn more about Camp Simcha and its remarkable tuition-free programs, go to www.campsimcha.org. To make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support the fund-raising bike ride, please go to www.gomitzvah.org/go/elliot.  ###

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Psachya Skaist from Lakewood, N.J., will be biking 135 miles for Chai Lifeline Camp Simcha. Skaist’s two-year-old son, Nesanel, was diagnosed with cancer and treated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.