Welcome to my Team Shalva Page!
I will be running this year's marathon in loving memory of DeeDee Benel Z"L. Although I only knew Ms. Benel for a short six months, her drive to do Chesed and to make this world a better place has had an everlasting impact on me. Ms. Benel always made sure there was an opportunity for students in all grades to do Chesed. There was never a day in school that students did not have the ability to partake in any sort of community service initiative. All she wanted was for us to give back to the world, and she made it so easy.
Ms. Benel introduced me to Shalva my freshman year of high school, and I was immediately inspired by Shalva's cause and planned to run in the March 2020 marathon, which was unfortunately cancelled. However, I am overjoyed to finally be able to run with Shalva this year but cannot run without crediting Ms. Benel for introducing me to Shalva. It is because of her that I know about this incredible organization and that I am motivated to participate in the upcoming marathon.
Ms. Benel, you are greatly missed, but your loving actions inspire me every day.
Pease read below to learn more about Shavla's incredible cause!!
Shalva has been providing transformative care to individuals with disabilities and their family members in the warmest and most loving environment for over 30 years. From infancy through adulthood, this amazing organization provides leading-edge therapies, inclusive educational frameworks, social and recreational activities, employment training, independent living, respite programs regardless of religion, ethnic background or financial capability!
Simply put, Shalva is an incredible place and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The staff is so loving and kind and goes above and beyond to make the center a home away from home.
I'll take care of the training, the achy feet and the finish line if you'll help me by donating to this worthy cause. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law, and anything you can give would help me reach my goal, and together we'll be supporting this truly special place.
Any donation is greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advanced for your generosity.