Every person is faced with life’s challenges. My turn came in 1980 when I was hospitalized. Lying helpless and feeling isolated, I decided that were I to survive this ordeal I would dedicate the remainder of my life to helping others in their time of illness and duress.
What was once just a dream has become a reality beyond my greatest expectations. With the purpose of bringing comfort and easing the anxiety and pain of patients and their families our “Chicken Soup Express” has expanded to meet the countless needs of our growing community. Bikur Cholim Partners in Health, which started as a one-man operation in a tiny basement office has catapulted into the new millennium with a staff off eighty-five employees and hundreds of volunteers who strive relentlessly to ease the often overwhelming burdens suffered by the ill and their families.
And it is you, the community at large who have made all this possible and it is to you, to my staff, and to the countless volunteers that I owe a debt of gratitude. Your unstinting support has enabled Bikur Cholim to respond to the needs of a baby, born with a disability that requires intensive therapy; a child diagnosed with cancer undergoing debilitating treatments; a young boy injured critically in a car accident; a young mother diagnosed with breast cancer or a father suffering massive heart failure leaving a family alone and distraught.
But as the cries of our brethren continue and increase, so does our commitment to ease their pain, both physical and emotional. To this end we need your help. I ask you, at a time when we are witness to so much suffering worldwide to be our Partners in Health and together we will continue our precious work alleviating to some degree the anguish of our brothers and sisters.
In the merit of your support may you be blessed with immeasurable rewards.
Rabbi Simon Lauber