Bar mitzvah project helps families fighting cancer
When Rob Weiner was diagnosed with brain cancer this past November, it sent a shockwave through the lives of the Weiner family—especially those of his children, Hailey, 17, and Aaron, 13. Since then, Rob has had two brain surgeries, a treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, while Aaron prepared for his Bar Mitzvah, which the family celebrated on March 20.
“It’s been tough,” Rob said. “It’s very emotional at times.”
Through Rob’s cancer support team, the Weiners connected with the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, which provides adult cancer patients, their caregivers, and their children with an opportunity to connect and create memories on a trip away from home—all expenses paid. They also include “Take a Break” bags with toiletries, journals, snacks, games, inspirational books, and activities to promote family bonding.
The Weiners were thrilled when For Pete’s Sake offered them a week away in the Poconos at the end of April. “They’re giving my family an amazing opportunity to take a break from cancer and to make some loving memories together,” said Aaron. “I think it’s amazing. It means a lot to me to do it with my dad.”
So moved was Aaron by the organization’s gift that he chose to raise money on their behalf as his bar mitzvah project…read more here.