Patient Peri to Participate in Team Lifeline Marathon for Children With Life Threatening Illnesses

We first met Peri when she was nine-years-old. Born with a neuromuscular disease, Peri's family contacted Drs. Michael Vitale and David P. Roye Jr. to perform growing rod scoliosis surgery to allow her to breathe easier, sit straighter and increase her stamina.

Soon after her surgery, Peri was enjoying one of her favorite activities — dance. Now 12-years-old, Peri is a camper at Camp Simcha Special, an incredible overnight summer camp designed to meet the unique medical and social needs of children and teens with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses. There, she participates in arts and crafts, baking, candle making and other fun camp activities. It's a special place where the focus is on fun, not on the physical challenges of the campers.

Because of her love of the camp, Peri's family became involved with Team Lifeline, the endurance training and support program for runners in our country's most popular marathons. Team Lifeline raises needed funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children's health support network dedicated to bringing joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families. The funds raised by Team Lifeline are earmarked for Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special.

This year, Peri and her family will once again participate in the ING Miami Marathon with Team Lifeline. Peri will yet again be crossing the finish line in her special jogging stroller, strapped with her medical equipment, to the delight of the cheering crowd.

"It is more important now than ever to reach our goal of raising more than $18,000 for Chai Lifeline. Any donation to help the effort to continue to support the children and families of Chai Lifeline is needed," said Peri's mother, Lori Finkelstein.

Peri and Team Finkelstein can use your support! Please click here to become a sponsor!


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