When Ami Chagira married his wife Chaya fifteen years ago, he knew that she was a survivor of childhood cancer and he was proud of his amazing kallah who had bravely faced death in the face when she was only seven years old. But he never could have imagined that the cancer would return shortly after their wedding. Ever since, it’s been a series of constant ups and downs for their entire family but according to Chagira, it’s been the hardest on the children.
“We have six beautiful children and it’s been a roller coaster for them,” he explains with evident pain in his eyes. “Surgeries, radiation, treatments…Chaya’s sickness has been so hard on them. It breaks our hearts.”
Incredibly, at this point Chaya has recovered from cancer five times and now, she is fighting it again for the sixth time. But after years of keeping the family together, Chagira describes how his family has reached their breaking point: Financially, emotionally, physically…it’s affected everyone in their own way. In fact, life had become so hard that a teacher in his daughter Efrat’s school started to notice that the usually bubbly seven year old was showing signs of distress. The once free-spirited girl had begun showing up to school looking tired, and with what she describes as a sad, hollow look in her eyes. After an emotional phone call with Ami, Morah Katz* was devastated to learn that Efrat’s mother was fighting for her life.
“That whole night, I couldn’t sleep, thinking about Efrat,” she said. The next morning, she reached out to the Vaad HaRabbanim of Eretz Yisroel who immediately put together afundraising campaign to help the Chagiras pay for necessities and Chaya’s medical bills and to simply put food on the table.
“It’s the least I can do for my student,” she said.
Funds are being quickly raised here by the Vaad HaRabbanim to help the Chagiras keep their home, put food on the table, and continue to pay for Chaya’s medical bills. Efrat and her five young siblings are young and vulnerable, and they need as much stability as possible during these formative years. Click here to make a difference in the lives of six vulnerable little children who need support and stability now more than ever.