Please join us for a Streaming Fundraiser for Jeremy’s Circle to benefit Israeli children living with cancer in their families. Founder Pamela Becker, widow of Jeremy Coleman for whom the organization is named, will speak on Meeting Children’s Needs During Pandemic, Novel Approaches in a Trying Time. The event will take place on August 9 at 3:00 PM EDT. You can access this Zoom event via https://zoom.us/j/97264538774. Please let us know by August 8th by commenting below, emailing beckermartin at hotmail dot com, or calling +1-518-427-1967 if you plan to attend.
Normally, at this time of year, we would be inviting you and others to join us for a benefit party and silent auction on behalf of Jeremy’s Circle. The revenue received from this annual event has been an important feature in sustaining the vital work of this organization, and we deeply appreciate the support of our community. This year, however, the coronavirus pandemic makes this party impossible, as social distancing requirements rule out gatherings like this. Similarly, many of the items typically auctioned, like theater shows and concerts, have been cancelled.
Cancer, however, does not suspend its progress because of the pandemic, which aggravates what already is a terribly stressful situation. Nearly all of Jeremy’s Circle families have at least one very high-risk member, but Jeremy’s Circle has remained engaged. Instead of its large, group activities, the organization had to rethink how it supports its members. Fun kits with a variety of activities and games were sent out and well received at the start of the first lockdown. For teenagers, a well-known magician gave a virtual performance, made more festive by the pizza sent to the homes of all attendees. A virtual “12 Challenge” — marking 12 years of activities — was held last week with participants sharing their entries via a special WhatApp group organized for this purpose. You can see many of the #12ChallengeJC entries on Instagram. Jeremy’s Circle today serves about seven hundred families.
In addition to her volunteer leadership of Jeremy’s Circle, Pamela Becker is Vice-President, Marketing for the Israeli technology company prooV. She also is the author of the well-received novel, Memoirs of a False Messiah, available through Amazon and a parent of five teenagers, two of whom are currently serving in the IDF.
There is no charge to participate in this virtual event. However, your support at this critical time is of vital importance.
We hope to see you online,
Jean and Martin Becker