[Video below.] In an emotional, tear inducing moment, thousands of attendees at the RCCS Boro Park Dinner recited Tehillim for Reuvain ben Tova Chaya, a five-year-old boy from the Midwest who was flown in especially for this purpose. Thousands of brachos for a refuah shleimoh flowed in earnest as the boy’s father held his little son, in the presence of scores of gedolei Torah.
The young lad is just one of several hundred cancer-stricken recipients of insurance subsidies, sponsored by the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS). What stands out most with this patient is that, in the past two years, he has undergone so many treatments, multiple surgeries, as well as a bone marrow transplant in the hope of saving his young life. His father estimates that, as a result of these RCCS subsidies, insurance payments to medical providers on behalf of his son have reached the ten million dollar mark!
Rav Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach ruchani of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, delivered an impassioned speech regarding the great mitzvah of helping cancer patients obtain the best medical treatment possible. The Mashgiach was preceded by Reb Hershel Kohn, founder and president of RCCS, who pleaded for partners in this endeavor. In a tear-choked voice, Reb Hershel bemoaned the possibility that for the first time in over ten years, RCCS may have to refuse patients due to lack of funds.
The attendees also heard from the Novominsker Rebbe, nassi hakovod of RCCS, from Rabbi Meilich Firer of Yerushalayim, world-renowned medical expert, as well as from several other guest speakers, including a former cancer patient who thanked the assemblage for assisting in his recovery through their support of RCCS.
The chairman of the evening, Rabbi Naftali Weiss, pointed out that today, aside from providing insurance premium subsidies, RCCS has developed into a multi-pronged resource for cancer patients in our community, most notably through its patient advocacy department which represents patients who have been unfairly denied medical benefits by some of the insurance giants.
May all of the tefillos be answered, speedily in our days.
To watch a video clip of the dinner, double click on the play button below.