Celebrating life in Israel

$11,508 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 8 months
Created October 8, 2018
Hello friends, family and community! My name is Raffi and I am a grade 12 student at Nepean High School in Ottawa, Canada. Last February, my family and I were shocked to hear the news that I had been diagnosed with two malignant brain tumours. This rare form of brain cancer, Germinoma, obviously came as a huge shock and affected my life in ways I would’ve never imagined. After going through brain surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and multiple other ongoing forms of alternative treatments my pathway to recovery is finally nearing an end.  

        For the past 10 years, I have been lucky enough to go to Camp Gesher, a Jewish summer camp based around the values of social justice, socialism and youth empowerment. Having these experiences has given me a heightened  connection to my jewish identity and throughout my year of treatments my sense of spirituality has only increased. I want to learn more about this part of myself and see where this path brings me. In order to continue exploring this I believe the next step for me is to travel to Israel, a country filled with Jewish history and the stories of my ancestors. This brings me to my main point.

       Workshop is a 9-month gap year program in Israel, beginning next September, run by Habonim Dror, the international youth movement my summer camp is affiliated with. This program offers a submersive Israeli experience, living and working on a Kibbutz as well as learning and growing with your group using many different forms of informal education. This program not only will give me the tools that I need to explore myself on a deeper level, but will also be a personal celebration of my battle and the overall winning of my life’s biggest challenge. 

       As any parents would, my ultra-supportive mom and dad have spent an incredible amount of time and money in order for me to live the best life possible given the circumstances. Due to the past years expenses, I’m unable to afford the trip and gap-year of a lifetime. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and hopefully, with the help of my community, Workshop will become my reality and I will be able to celebrate my life and the things I’ve had to overcome to the fullest!
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Hello to everyone who has supported me and involved themselves in this campaign! I've really been wanting to post more regular updates to this page but with my final year of high school getting busier and busier, as well as planning for this once in a lifetime trip, I have not had the time to consistently update all of you.

As always, the incredible amount of support I continue to receive from this fund is overwhelming in the absolute best way possible! I've realized just how lucky and fortunate I am to have such a loving and supportive community surrounding me and wanting me to have this incredible experience in Israel. I am getting more and more excited everyday about this amazing trip I'll be taking and I am always beyond grateful to everyone who has chosen to support me by making this trip a possibility! Thank you everyone!
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Well, we have reached practically two thirds of our goal! This constant source of love and support has left me with a huge sense of gratitude in my everyday life. Now, without a doubt, this trip to Israel will be a reality. Thank you to everyone who has involved themselves with this campaign!! Due to your help, this dream of mine is becoming real and I will always be beyond grateful! Thank you everyone so much!
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Four days ago I posted this campaign with the hopes of raising some money over the next few months to help with funds for my gap-year program. Never would I have guessed this would take off the way it has. In just four days, we have managed to raise over a third of our initial goal. Needless to say, I am incredibly surprised and humbled at the love and support my community has shown me during this time. To everyone who's donated, shared or spread the word, a thank you doesn't feel like enough. From your support, I will be able to achieve this dream of mine and travel to Israel, and for that I will always be grateful and appreciative. Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!
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$11,508 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 8 months
Created October 8, 2018
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