Welcome to Harvey Grad's Fundraising Page!! L'Shana Tova 5778
Thank you so much for finding me here.
WOW! I can't believe it...On Monday, October 23, 2017 I'll be on my way to Israel for this year's Wheels of Love!! I'm excited about getting back to Israel for my 14th consecutive annual (since 2004) Wheels of Love! (And 18th trip to Israel)
So many of you have been so incredibly generous in supporting ALYN and I do hope you will continue to do so for me this year.
Since 2004 I have joined hundreds - no, thousands - of riders and volunteers who have come from North America and around the world to support ALYN. The children we ride for are deserving of your generosity. ALYN is a world leader in pediatric rehabilitation and they truly make both magic and miracles.
The Hospital receives no automatic government funding and is dependent on donations to meet an ever rising shortfall in funding. Although ALYN's incredible medical staff does so much more than the usual standard of care, we must increase staff to meet our ever rising challenge to be more than excellent. What we do we can't do without you.
Please help me so that we can both do a mitzvah to help transform disabilities into abilities.
If you're in Jerusalem you must tour this magnificent facility. Thank you to my Ethiopian Community in Seattle friends, led by Ezra Teshome, who visited Israel and ALYN this past spring.
So many children are here for long-term residential rehabilitation. When not in therapies they're taught in their own languages: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Amharic (Ethiopian). No children are ever turned away.
We treat all of Israel's children - Jew, Muslim, Christian, Druze; Israeli, Arab, European. If a child needs our help he or she is welcome. In fact, desired. Yes, we want to care for that child.
Rehabilitation is ALYN's raison-d'etre. It's a world class facility. It's the jewel in the crown.
When I first came in 2004 I did so for the adventure; a bicycle ride in Israel, chesed (compassion, care) and tzedaka (charity). I've returned every single year since for the love and family I've found in my fellow riders, the children of ALYN and the ALYN staff.
Prior years have posed challenges to my travel; 2005 a near-fatal, potentially crippling crash when I was hit by a tractor trailer; 2010 a broken collar bone, and 2015 a concussion and complications for which I needed neurosurgery. I'm grateful for the wonderful medical care I've had on those occasions in the past 12 years when bike and I did not fare so well. I had great medical care, and that's what I want for the children of ALYN. (And I'm still riding, including the STP, 204 miles in two days, and my "rage against age and gravity"ride, my age in miles (69) for my birthday on September 10th. The best (only) gifts were contributions to Friends of ALYN; the most precious gift - of love and generosity.
Here I am, "vertical and breathing" and it will be such a joy to clip in when the ride starts on Sunday morning, October 29, 2017. Go to ALYNRide.org to learn more.
I'm very grateful for the miraculous medical care I've had over the past 12 years. All I can do is pay it forward. I want others to have access to that which restores quality of life. I want ALYN to stand out as the remarkable kindness and skill that it is our human destiny to become.
I was so impressed with ALYN that in 2011 I went on the Board of Directors of Friends of ALYN - www.wolusa.org. I am so grateful to have been able to become a part of such a noble and determined group. It's our ultimate goal, as humans, to reach out and be more than we thought we could, to show kindness and generosity.
Giving to ALYN is just that. Can you help me to help the ALYN Hospital? Please consider a generous (deductible) contribution (for both U.S. donors and Canadians. Where are all my Canadian cousins??)
Do you have questions? Contact me directly -
Cell phone - 206.409.9504
Email - Harvey.Grad@Gmail.com
Thank you so much for considering ALYN. I hope you see what I do and why I do it and that you can make that generous donation:
Chai - $18.00
(18 is the numeric value of the hebrew letters which spell "life". This year I'm 68 and this is the numerical value of Chaim, plural, and Chaim was my father's name...a year of great coincidences?)
Chai menschele - $180.00
(or whatever you can reasonably afford)
Super Chai - $1,800.00
More? I don't even have a name yet!
L'chaim to us all - Join me!
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