Please help me raise money for Chai Lifeline

Dear Friends,
On May 24, 2009 I will, for the second year, join dozens of Chai Cyclists in Chicago’s Bike the Drive, a thirty-mile rally on Lake Shore Drive, to raise money for Chai Lifeline, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families.  
Last year was amazing.  While I had only planned on biking 15 miles, I ended up biking all 30.  This year I’m aiming for a total of 45 miles.  The experience of biking with friends and strangers for an important cause like Chai Lifeline was very rewarding.  The weather was great and my family was so proud of me.  I’m really looking forward to training as soon as the snow melts here in Chicago.  I am also willing to bike while listening to a Jewish lecture and expand my knowledge in memory of a departed loved one or as a merit for someone to have a quick recovery from an illness.  Just email me the name in Hebrew or English.
Chai Lifeline provides year-round emotional, social, and financial support to more than 3,000 children and their families every year. In our area, Chai Lifeline Midwest offers access to two-dozen free programs and services that touch each member of the family, helping them to live full and happy lives despite the presence of illness.
My objective is to raise at least $1,000.00 by race day and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax deductible.  If your company has a matching gift program, your gift may be doubled or tripled.
I know that the economy is very different than it was a year or even six month ago, but any amount would be helpful.  Thank you for supporting me, and in doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment and aftermath of serious pediatric illness.  Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in supporting Chai Lifeline. 
Neil Harris
P.S. You can sponsor me directly on line by going here .  Find my name in the drop down menu and then fill out the form to make your donation.  Thanks.

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