By Daniel Perez
It’s a deadly disease, impacting men and women from infancy to old age and everywhere in between. It’s a condition so dreaded that some dare not utter its name, instead referring to it as “the big C.” It drains its victims’ bank accounts, their hope, and ultimately their lives. Valiantly fighting to restore all three is the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Brooklyn businessman Rabbi Hershel Kohn.
From day one, RCCS’s mission has been to ensure that patients have access to the best cancer treatment money can buy, and that their own limited means not be an obstacle to this. They accomplish this through a variety of services, including grants for paying off patients’ insurance premiums, which are often astronomical. They provide funding for emergency medical procedures. RCCS even offers tuition grants, providing non-medical but nevertheless vital assistance to families whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the scourge of cancer.
“RCCS is unique,” says Rabbi Kohn, “because no other organization duplicates our service. Besides RCCS, our patients have no one else to turn to.”
The Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society takes a holistic approach to the patients with whom they work. In addition to bankrolling lifesaving medical treatments, they also see to the patient’s psychological wellbeing. They liaise with hospitals to make certain that the best possible care is being received, dealing with issues ranging from language barriers to doctors with questionable bedside manner. They even help lessen the emotional burdens of cancer by offering chol hamoed retreats to patients and their families, Chanukah gifts, and other forms of chesed. “Compassion is stronger than cancer” has become their motto, and the helpful volunteers of RCCS have been known to provide everything from babysitting services to Pesach cleaning for families enduring the chaos that cancer brings.
It goes without saying that although health and healing are ultimately in the hands of the Creator (may He be blessed), the “miracles” facilitated by RCCS are ultimately realized via the generosity of a select group of people, who contribute from their own hard-earned dollars to make it happen. Events like the upcoming RCCS 2013 Miracles Auction make supporting this cause easy and fun.
A Chinese auction, scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, will hopefully provide essential funding for RCCS’ mission, while rewarding a lucky handful of donors with fabulous prizes. Offerings on the “auction block” currently include luxury vacations, diamond jewelry, and of course, cash prizes. Participants are encouraged to view the live broadcast starting at 7:00 p.m. at RCCSAuction.org, or listen in by calling 877-332-2808. It promises to be an evening of unity and inspiration, complete with presentations by leading medical specialists as well as the riveting personal accounts of cancer survivors. Speakers will include Charlie Harary, Esq.; Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi; and Mordechai Weinberger, LCSW. The event will also feature a special message by the esteemed Rabbi Yissocher Frand and Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky. Enjoy a musical ensemble by the renowned Yossi Green, Shloime Gertner, and the Miami Boys Choir. And of course, a whole slew of fabulous prizes will be raffled off throughout the night.
Some people derive enjoyment by gambling with their money and ultimately walking away empty-handed. The RCCS Chinese auction offers an opportunity to partake in the thrill of being eligible for big prizes, coupled with the knowledge that one’s money won’t be frittered away, but rather will go to help save someone’s life. It’s a win-win proposition all around. And did we mention that donors of $180 and up automatically receive one or more free gifts?
In the fight against cancer, RCCS truly is funding miracles. The only question is: Will you be a part of it?
To learn more about RCCS and the upcoming Chinese auction, please visit www.RofehCholim.org.
Daniel Perez is a freelance writer based in New York City. He can be reached at Daniel@PerezConsulting.org. v