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Running in memory of my cousin, Ian Rahimi.

Miriam Zemel

Miriam Zemel

As you may know, I plan to run the Jerusalem Marathon this coming March. For me, the pride that comes from training for, and running in, the marathon is about more than overcoming a personal challenge or obtaining glory. The pride comes from achieving two far more important goals. First, I will be raising money for a wonderful organization, Chaiyanu/Chai Lifeline. Chai lifeline is devoted to do what is necessary to enhance the lives of the very sick and their families. Second, I plan to run in memory of my cousin Ian Rahimi, a beautiful, bright 19-year-old boy who was taken from this world far too soon.

On February 13, 1996, Ian Daniel Rahimi was brought into the world. From an early age, it was obvious that Ian was brilliant beyond his years. His curiosity, aptitude for learning, and ability to mastering computer language in impressed those whom he met. In high school, Ian was the chief engineer programmer of the Robotics Club, and, at an academic awards ceremony, the Principal told him that he had “no doubt that [he] will become a famous scientist.” Unfortunately, Ian was never granted the opportunity to do so. At age 17, Ian was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. After battling this disease for about two years Ian’s beautiful soul was taken from this world.

Unfortunately, there are thousand of other families with children who are similarly situated to Ian. Chaiyanu/ Chai Lifeline was established to help return hope and joy to these children and their families, to allow them to live their fullest lives despite their predicaments. It does this through operating year-round programs and activities which provide emotional, social, and financial support. Two of its most famous programs are Camp Simcha and the Hope Tour. Every year these two programs offer thousands of kids a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again.

Although training for a marathon is not easy, it pales in comparison to the struggles of a child burdened with a debilitating illness. If, despite their struggle, the children of Chaiyanu/ Chai Lifeline can find the strength to fight through hospital stays, treatment, and the completing of basic daily tasks, the least I can do is train and run a marathon for them. I can't do this without your support, though. So please push the donate button below and give what you can to help me put smiles on the faces of sick children. Together we can make a difference!

Thank you for your support!




raised of $4,500 goal


1. Chani Malek
Luv u boo 😘
2. Daniel & Dede Kott
You go girl!!!!!
3. Shragi and Basya
We are so proud and excited for you! Keep doing amazing things!
4. Rikki Zemel
SO PROUD OF YOU MIR!! Happy early dirty thirty! Love, Rikki
5. Deena Kashy
So proud of you!
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