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ENTOURAGE

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How appropriate the big announcement of Entourage comes out this week... Ian's Yahrzeit is this weekend, September 3rd, his 1st angel anniversary is September 15th. It's hard to believe it's been a year since we held his hand, heard his sweet voice, saw his handsome face... Smelled his scent. Hearing that Entourage was coming to life this week has made the upcoming days a little easier. There are not enough words or ways to say Thank You to the Hurwitz Family. Seeing the relationship Jared and Ian developed over the years was amazing, seeing the smiles in their eyes and hearing the laughter was amazing and something we will always be grateful for. Chai Lifeline was and is an amazing organization that will forever be in our hearts and changed our lives, especially Ian's and Becca's. 

ENTOURAGE OFFERS YOUNGER VOLUNTEERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEERS LIVING WITH ILLNESSES (Article in Chai Lifeline National) 

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Case Cares Foundation Provides Essential Support for Grieving Families After the Loss of a Child

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Article in JMore Baltimore Jewish Living...by Simone Ellin
Few if any tragedies are as devastating as the loss of a child. Parents are not meant to outlive their children. Yet, sometimes the unthinkable occurs. It happens to Marci and Brian Scher, who lost their beloved son, Ian, on Sept. 15, 2016. After a debilitating lifelong illness, Ian succumbed at age 13 to complications of spinal muscular atrophy and pontocerebellar hypoplasia, a rare genetic disease that affects the brain, causing muscle weakness, eventual loss of motor function, and breathing difficulties. Though he was terminally ill, Marci Scher had not expected to lose Ian so soon.
Almost a year later, the Reisterstown couple and Ian's twin sister, Becca, are slowly adjusting to their new reality.
"It's a lot quieter," says Scher, tears filling her eyes. "We're used to hearing machines, ventilators. We're used to having a nurse in the house 20 hours a day," she adds. "We do more things…

Arrivals...Camp Simcha Special 2017

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One may remember that back in March, my cousin's son, Wyatt, raised money as his mitzvah project for his Bar Mitzvah, for Camp Simcha Special Arrival Day. He worked with Tzvi Haber, Chai Lifeline MidAtlantic Program Director and a Camp Simcha Boys Assistant Head Counselor, to figure out what to do with the funds. Tzvi told Wyatt how much Ian loved arrivals, the bunkhouses, and all the things they did at camp. After Tzvi and Wyatt talked they decided to put the funds towards Arrival Day, making it grander than it already was. So Tzvi went to work and did his magic.

Tuesday, August 9, 2017, Brian, Jamie (Wyatt's mom), Wyatt and I left for our drive up to Glen Spey, NY.  Wednesday, August 10, 2017 was arrival day for Camp Simcha Special Boys. We arrived at camp around 11:15 and were greeted by Tzvi. We walked towards a group aof young men all dressed up in customes ready to greet all the Camp Simcha Special Boys. Before, we really began our day there, a trip into the infirmary wa…

Courage

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According to Wikipedia, courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, death or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss. I've been thinking a lot about courage since Alicia, the director of Camp Louise, posted her blog a few weeks ago. Each week they focus on a different midrash and one week it was courage. In order to understand more of where this post is going you need to know that the musical this year at camp was the Wizard of Oz. 
Alicia stated, as we can learn from the Cowardly Lion, courage is not about the absence of fear. It is dealing with difficulty in the face of fear. The Cowardly Lion demonstrates bravery throughout the show even before the Wizzard grants him courage. The Lion is actually much braver than he realizes.
Alicia went onto talk …