The Plaut family has been running the Miami marathon for seven years. The Plauts do not do this because they are fanatical health nuts or exercise junkies; they do it because they care. They care about the children in our communities suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who need our support. The Plauts are dedicated to running so that these children and their families can experience the relief and joy they find in a two-week summer camp known as Camp Simcha.
Every year, the Plauts run as a part of Team Lifeline to raise money for the kids and families of Chai Lifeline. This year Team Plaut raised over $10,000 and Team Lifeline has raised over $13.5 million in the past 10 years since it was founded. Tova Plaut runs each year with her children and finds the experience inspiring and fun. She said, “We are honored to be a part of Team Lifeline and we were blessed to be among the 450 Team Lifeline runners, parents, and campers who participated in this year’s Miami marathon on January 25.”
Team Lifeline was the largest charity group in the Miami marathon and has partnered with the marathon for the past ten years. To mark Team Lifeline’s 10th year, the team set out to inspire runners with special events, group runs, and a marathon weekend filled with inspiring kids who spoke about their experiences at camp. The overwhelming feeling throughout every event was joy. The kids of Chai Lifeline spoke of their battles with cancer and the gift of Camp Simcha with excitement and incredible happiness. Team Plaut worked hard to train and raise money to help these kids. “I am so excited to be running for my fifth year in a row,” said Sam Plaut. Sam is 15 years old and received his five-year runner award from Team Lifeline this year. He has helped to raise more than $60,000 for Chai Lifeline.