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Sky Dive for ALYN

CHALLENGE YOURSELF FOR THE CHILDREN OF ALYN HOSPITAL

$25,577
Money Raised*
102% raised of $25,000

Jump for the Children of ALYN: NEW DATE -- June 28th, 2019

For the fourth year, ALYN Children’s Hospital invites you to sky-dive with us!

On June 28th (Friday morning), we will be sky-diving with Paradive over Hof HaBonim. This is one of the most beautiful skydiving sites in the world, and skydivers enjoy the amazing views of the sea, the countryside and the amazing shoreline. Dedicate your jump to the children treated at ALYN Hospital by donating and raising money from friends and family. 

ALYN specializes in treating children severely injured in accidents, acts of terror, or other trauma. Our goal is to return them to their families, empowered to live as independently as possible. Events like sky-diving help ALYN provide these children with the services they need.

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The children at ALYN are truly extraordinary. Every day they must push themselves to conquer challenges most of us cannot comprehend. Here are just a few stories of the amazing children for whom you are riding.


Eden: Battling Back from Terror

Just over two years ago, on a warm spring day, an Israeli teenage girl named Eden was riding a Jerusalem bus with her mother. A terrorist climbed on board and promptly detonated a suicide vest while sitting next to her.

Here is Eden’s description of the event:

“I was talking to a friend on the phone. I told my friend I would call her back because I wanted to play a song. I pressed play when the phone suddenly disappeared from my hand. I didn’t understand what was happening so I closed my eyes. When I opened them, everything was black. I don’t remember anything from that moment on”.

Eden was rushed to the emergency room where they stabilized her. Once her life was no longer in danger, she was transferred to ALYN for the long and difficult process of rehabilitation.

She continues the story:

“When I came here, I was in very bad shape. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t use my hands. I couldn’t stop crying. I was so scared.

I was told that I had to do therapy and I was afraid it was going to hurt. I didn’t know what the therapy would be. But they showed me that the therapy could be like a game. They came up with fun things for me and I actually looked forward to it.”

ALYN therapists are constantly thinking out of the box in order to create therapy in the form of games and fun activities so that the children will be more likely to want to do the movements and exercises that are essential for their treatment. ALYN customizes its therapeutic treatment for each child according to what will motivate them. Cooking, gardening, swimming, playing with animals – -these are not just fun kids’ stuff at ALYN – they are innovative and effective tools for treating children with severe injuries.

This summer, just one year after the attack, ALYN took Eden and other teens hiking in the Jerusalem forest. ALYN wanted to give the teens the opportunity to face the physical challenges one encounters while hiking – such as boulders and steep inclines – so that the kids develop their ability to foresee a challenge, plan a strategy to overcome it, implement the strategy and experience the satisfaction of having succeeded. These skills give kids the confidence they need in order to tackle the many obstacles that they will encounter throughout their lives.

In Israel, hiking is a sort of rite of passage for teenagers. Participating in hiking activities gives these kids the simple yet profound sense of “normalcy” that is so vital to their recovery.

Eden is just one example of the miracles that happen at ALYN every single day. If you need motivation while you are training to tackle the hills of northern Israel or trying to get the next donation, just think of Eden hiking over boulders one year after a terrorist tried to end her life.

Shira -- Never stop smiling!

In the blink of an eye Shira’s world crashed around her. She was 6 and riding home with her mother when, out of nowhere, a speeding car broadsided them. When Shira woke up in the hospital, she had completely lost the use of both legs.

But what she did not lose that day was her gorgeous smile, her laughter, her courage, and her fierce determination that this was not going to get in the way of living life to the fullest.

Odelia -- Walking Again!

Odelia came to the Pediatric Respiratory Rehabilitation Department at ALYN just a month after her 12th birthday when she unexpectedly became severely ill. When she first arrived, she was unable to get out of her hospital bed or even to open her eyes, although she was conscious and able to respond to “yes/no” questions by nodding or shaking her head.

The Speech and Language Therapists at ALYN taught her and her mother how to communicate by spelling out a word – her mother would say the Hebrew letter aleph, and then Odelia would respond with her head movements to indicate whether or not that was the correct letter, then her mother would say the letter bet, then gimmel and so on until Odelia had spelled out the word that she was trying to express.

After a long time receiving treatment at ALYN, she was successfully weaned from the respirator and can now breathe independently, communicate verbally and is even beginning to walk with the aid of a walker!

Or -- I am fast!

It was every parent’s nightmare. After developing a fever, three-month-old Or was admitted to the hospital where it was discovered that he had no calcium in his body and that he had a heart defect. The prognosis was grim: The doctors said that Or would need to be connected to a respirator for life. He would never be able to walk or even bounce a ball.

That’s when Or’s mother decided to get a second opinion—from ALYN. The staff at ALYN taught Or how to drive an electric wheelchair. For the first time in his young life, Or had freedom.

Now eight years old, Or sweeps through the halls of ALYN in his motorized chair, shouting “I am fast! I am up! I am high!

Abdul Kutt -- Living his life!

Bright-eyed, vibrant Abdul is his parents’ precious firstborn son. When he was just nine months old, the family’s dreams were shattered. Without warning, Abdul was attacked by horrific flesh-eating bacteria.

Within a few short hours, he went from being a perfectly healthy baby to fighting for his life in an intensive-care unit. While few children survive this devastation, Abdul did—although he lost both legs, one hand and most of his right arm.

Today, Abdul can walk on his own, ride a bike and do most of the things that young boys enjoy doing.

Adina -- Refusing to Give Up!

When Adina Elbaz was just 16, she was hit by a minibus while crossing the street. She suffered a catastrophic head injury and was treated for 18 months at ALYN. At first, Adina lacked all muscle function. She could not speak or even make eye contact.

Over the months, she amazed her therapists with her ferocious determination. She even decided to start training on a tandem bike. Rocky Brody, her biking partner and a veteran ALYN rider, said that when they get to a hard hill, it is Adina who inspires her by refusing to give up.

Last year, Adina joined ALYN for the Jerusalem Marathon and the Wheels of Love bike ride.

Dan -- From paralysis to riding Wheels of Love

Dan Lahat was 18 when he was kayaking with friends. He fell and hit his head on a rock, leading to a severe spinal cord injury. When he first came to ALYN, he could not use his hands or legs and needed a respirator to breath.

But after months and months of intense therapy, he was able to walk. Then he decided to bike. Last year, he rode for all 5 days on the ALYN Wheels of Love bike ride.

More Information

For 2019, the registration fee is $110 or 400 shekels, which covers most of the actual costs to ALYN of your participation. Jumpers commit to raising a minimum of $550 or 2,000 shekels for the young heroes at ALYN Hospital. 

If you raise 4,000 ILS, you will jump from 14,000 feet. The extra 2,000 feet is all free-fall!

After you register, we will send you a fundraising page that you can use to receive online donations from friends and family. You can personalize this page with a picture of yourself and special text about why you are jumping. (We can also use a default text if you prefer.)

Looking for an incredible Bar/Bat Mitzvah project that will provide lifelong memories while helping those less fortunate? Why not come sky-diving with ALYN?

We can arrange a tour of the hospital to meet the kids who will be helped by this project. Then from friends and family, raising the 2,000 shekels will be easy.

We think that with enough inspiration, many times that can be raised by a motivated young man or woman.

Bring the whole family to witness the event! 

 

Bring your family and friends to watch you jump.

The morning starts with light refreshments and an instructions. Then the jumpers are divided into groups. An instructor will take each group to get them suited up and provide instructions.

The aircraft takes each group up and then returns to pick up the next group.

One year, an extended family of 30 adults and kids joined together to sponsor their grandparents. Everyone came to watch and enjoy the food and atmosphere!

 

Want to know how it feels to sky-dive in ALYN’s “The Sky is the Limit” project?

Here’s what Julie Zola, one of last year’s participants had to say:

“Fund raising for ALYN by sky diving was the most exhilarating, rewarding, fulfilling experience!

It far exceeded my expectations.”

Watch the video on the right of Julie’s jump!

You must be between the ages of 12 and 65 and weigh no more than 99 kilo (220 pounds). All jumpers must be approved by the sky-diving school. 

At Paradive, you will be asked to fill out the form below. If you answer YES to any of the questions, Paradive may not allow you to sky-dive. Please take a look at the questions and let us know if the answer to any would be yes so we can make sure ahead of time that you will be able to participate.

STATEMENT OF MEDICAL FITNESS:

In order to avoid unnecessary risks, please fill out this statement of medical fitness and also specify any cases you may think are insignificant or have nothing to do with skydiving. In each section, list your current condition as well as past events.

Paradive reserves the right to cancel a skydive at any stage when suspecting it may involve higher than usual risk.

Height (cm): ________________      Weight (kg): ________________

   

Are you currently suffering from any illnesses? (Please specify even light disorders, such as a cold, headache, nausea, etc.)

 

 

 

 

Dislocated shoulder/knee?

 

 

 

 

Fractures or sprains

 

 

 

 

Back and skeletal disorders (not allowed to skydive without medical clearance)

 

 

 

 

Herniated or bulging disc (not allowed to skydive without medical clearance)

 

 

 

 

Bone related disorders (not allowed to skydive without medical clearance)

 

 

 

 

Ear disorders

 

 

 

 

Motion sickness

 

 

 

 

Syncope

 

 

 

 

Taking medication

 

 

 

 

Any form of disability

 

 

 

 

Have you been hospitalized in the past three years?

 

 

 

 

Are you intoxicated? (Not allowed to skydive)

 

 

 

 

Did you go scuba diving in the past 24 hours? (Not allowed to skydive)

 

 

 

 

Please specify any issue or event related to your medical condition not mentioned on this form

 

 

 

 

Are you currently pregnant? (Not allowed to skydive)

 

 

 

 

Have you given birth in the past three months? (Not allowed to skydive)

 

 

 

 

Were you involved in an accident or have you sustained injury in the past three years?

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ

Safety is extremely important to us.

Before the jump, there is a mandatory instruction meeting. Afterwards, the instructors will fit you with a flight suit and headgear. You can ask them any questions of express and concerns, they have heard it all.

You will be doing a tandem jump, which means you jump while attached to a highly experienced professional guide for the entire duration of your jump. All you need to do is take that first step. After about 45 seconds of free fall, the instructor pulls the cord and you spend the next few minutes slowly gliding back down to the ground.

 

We will give you a custom ALYN T-shirt.  Other than that, wear loose fitting clothing and shoes with closed toes (no sandals). Women should not wear short skirts. Leave all your valuables with a friend on the ground. You cannot take a phone or camera, but there are many options to photograph and video your jump.

From the time you suit up until you are back on the ground is about 30 minutes. We will split everyone up into groups of six and a group will board the plane every half an hour. We will let you know in advance what time your flight is. Our goal is to have the flights in the morning so you can enjoy the rest of the day.

We will be serving a light breakfast while you wait for your flight. 

ALYN Hospital treats children from infancy through adolescence who require intense rehabilitation and therapy. Some children come to ALYN after being injured in terrorist attacks or car accidents. Others suffer from degenerative congenital disease that make mobility and independent action difficult.

ALYN treats each child with a customized plan that meets that child’s specific needs. Often the cost of this treatment exceeds the budget allotted by the government and ALYN must raise the rest of the funds independently.

Those who participate in our projects save lives with the donations they raise for ALYN.

$25,577
Money Raised*
102% raised of $25,000