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Orlee Krass

AMOUNT RAISED

$4,157.00
Fundraising Goal $3,600.00

MY MESSAGE

Welcome to my fundraising page!

Many of you already know that recently I ended up in the hospital for meningitis. I had an undiagnosed sinus and ear infection, my ear drum ruptured, and the infection spread suddenly to my brain.  The rest was history. A couple of days into my treatment, I developed a brain bleed, a rare side effect of meningitis, which led me to lose mobility on my left side. 

I woke up and not being able to feel my leg.  Later that day i lost feeling in my arm. I won’t lie. I was scared. But I was also incredibly sad and angry. I am a “can do” person. I am not a “please do it for me” person. And all of a sudden -- nothing. I couldn’t do anything for myself. This was the first time I had experienced physical disability on a personal level. Until now, my experience was limited to working with students or campers with physical disabilities. I could try to imagine what it was like, but I was not in their shoes.

But more importantly - I was missing out on a ton. And that is what made me the saddest and angriest. I was missing my kids. I was missing my husband, Matt. I was missing my parents and sisters. I was missing everything outside of the hospital. Sure, everyone tried to accommodate me. I couldn’t go to Shabbat dinner so Matt ate Shabbat dinner with me in the hospital. I couldn’t go to Micah’s band concert so my dad sent me a video. We FaceTimed and took pictures - but it wasn’t the same.

My experience with physical disability is temporary. I am assured that I will regain use of my left side through intensive occupational and physical therapy. But our campers with physical limitations and mobility issues face these types of challenges every single day of their lives, and it is permanent. And so I find myself in the hospital with a million ideas racing through my head about how we can continue to make Ramah Poconos a home for everyone, regardless of physical limitations. Of course, we might not always be in the position to say "yes" to every potential or current camper right away, but we are creative in our thinking and our doing. I know that certain camp experiences may be challenging for campers, but when faced with a different need or situation, our answer is never “no way” - it is “let’s all think of how to get to yes”.

I am prouder than ever of the strides Ramah Poconos has taken to make sure that all our campers are immersed in our camp experience. We do our very best to integrate all campers in every activity to the extent comfortable and feasible. I am confident that every year, the Tikvah program will expand to include a wider population and different needs. Each one of us is different, and we each add value to our community as participants.

Last year, I rode in the Tikvah bike trip in Israel, and recently I'd started to consider whether I would do it again in 2019. I'd be lying if I said that I had no reservations - it was challenging, excruciating, and difficult. It was both the most miserable and exhilarating experience I have ever had.

Three weeks ago, my participation was my choice. But then I got sick, and had I not been as lucky as I am, I may not have been physically capable of doing the bike ride again. So now I have every intention of riding again in 2019 because I CAN!  

More than ever, I am motivated to raise money to support our innovative and transformative programming, and our commitment to accessibility and inclusion. As challenging as it will be, I am going to push myself to work harder, get stronger, and be a part of the 2019 bike ride. I invite you all to join me in Israel as a rider, hiker, or volunteer!   Not an option for you right now?  Ok!  Please then consider participating by sponsoring my ride or otherwise contributing to our efforts to strengthen the Ramah Poconos Tikvah Program. No donation amount is too small (or too big!!!)  - every dollar helps!

Donating through this platform is fast, easy, and totally secure. In addition to donating it would be super helpful if you could also forward this fundraising page on to your family and friends, the more people who see it the more helpful it is for my fundraising efforts!

LET'S RIDE!

CAMP AFFILIATION:

Nyack
Poconos
Past Bike Ride and Hiking Trip Participant


MY TEAM

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MY SUPPORTERS

Nicole & Dave Siegel donated an undisclosed amount
Nov 14, 2018 9:05 PM
Nicole Gerson donated $18.00
Oct 31, 2018 4:08 PM
Judy Pincus donated $54.00
May 23, 2018 2:25 PM
Heather Ginter & Evan Berk donated $18.00
Mar 20, 2018 8:29 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 16, 2018 2:57 PM
The Forman family left a message
Mar 16, 2018 11:31 AM
Orly, just wanted to let you know that we have thinking of you and sending love and prayers for a speedy recovery!
Donna Forman donated $360.00
Mar 16, 2018 11:30 AM
Abbye Cornfield donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 16, 2018 6:55 AM
Aleza Kulp donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 15, 2018 4:03 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 13, 2018 11:30 PM
stephanie ripps donated $54.00
Mar 13, 2018 10:34 PM
Anonymous donated $18.00
Mar 13, 2018 5:26 PM
Mitch and Cari Cohen left a message
Mar 13, 2018 3:09 PM
Wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Can't wait to ride with you in Israel.
Mitch and Cari Cohen donated $100.00
Mar 13, 2018 3:08 PM
Judy Pincus & Family donated $54.00
Mar 13, 2018 8:57 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 13, 2018 7:19 AM
Jaime Bassman donated $50.00
Mar 13, 2018 6:14 AM
Sandy left a message
Mar 13, 2018 12:58 AM
Sending you strength for a speedy recovery, Hugs!
Sandy Borowsky donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 13, 2018 12:54 AM
Kim Finkelstein donated $18.00
Mar 12, 2018 10:07 PM
Shana Caplan donated $18.00
Mar 12, 2018 6:36 PM
Judy knafo donated $72.00
Mar 12, 2018 5:58 PM
Gaby and Avi Mermelstein donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 12, 2018 4:36 PM
Annie, Yosef and Zohar donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 12, 2018 3:35 PM
Michal and Noam Sheps donated $50.00
Mar 12, 2018 12:11 PM
Gail left a message
Mar 12, 2018 10:54 AM
We are all so proud of you and know you will have an amazing ride
Gail & Alan Josselson donated $50.00
Mar 12, 2018 10:34 AM
The Rutcofsky’s donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 12, 2018 9:48 AM
Alicia Raimondi Bacharach donated $50.00
Mar 12, 2018 9:46 AM
Shira M.T. Rosenblum donated $54.00
Mar 12, 2018 9:41 AM
Nicole & Dave Siegel donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 12, 2018 9:18 AM
Elliott Gruber donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 12, 2018 8:57 AM
Dinowitz Family left a message
Mar 12, 2018 7:28 AM
We are all rooting for you Orlee!
Beth Dinowitz donated $72.00
Mar 12, 2018 7:28 AM
Aimee Kaufman donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 12, 2018 1:23 AM
Adam, Gabi, Taya, Simone, and Mickey Schwartzbard donated $72.00
Mar 11, 2018 10:27 AM
Nava and Oz Isseroff donated $50.00
Mar 11, 2018 5:18 AM
Nava and Oz Isseroff left a message
Mar 11, 2018 5:14 AM
BeHatzlacha and Hachlama Mehira (speedy recovery) from your Israeli camp friends
Judy Caplan donated $50.00
Mar 10, 2018 11:46 PM
Sharon Bromberg & Aaron Gaber donated $36.00
Mar 9, 2018 3:20 PM
Joy Bausemer donated $25.00
Mar 8, 2018 8:29 PM
Tory Fried donated $36.00
Mar 8, 2018 3:53 PM
Jennifer and Evan Stein donated $72.00
Mar 7, 2018 6:54 PM
Franci Kaufman donated $36.00
Mar 7, 2018 3:03 PM
Robin F Grosser left a message
Mar 7, 2018 2:45 PM
Orlee, sending cyber wishes and hugs to you. I would be happy to train with you once you start your training!!
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 2:43 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 12:04 PM
Matt & Yaira Binstock donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 10:48 AM
Pam Slifer donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 10:10 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 10:08 AM
Jaclyn Goldberg donated $36.00
Mar 7, 2018 9:28 AM
Cecelia Prewett & family donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 9:03 AM
Janet Gat donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 8:43 AM
Rabbis Eve Rudin and Elliott Kleinman donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 8:37 AM
Jessica Steinberg donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 5:24 AM
Shari Sperling donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2018 12:12 AM
Abby Aylman Cohen donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 6, 2018 11:08 PM
Lauren and Martin Sobel donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 6, 2018 10:36 PM
Rachel Glickenstein donated $25.00
Mar 6, 2018 10:33 PM
Nomi Saposh donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 6, 2018 9:58 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 6, 2018 9:51 PM
Tzippy left a message
Mar 6, 2018 3:57 PM
Continue to go from Strength to Strength
Tzippy & Joel donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 6, 2018 3:56 PM
Susannah, Bernie, Eliana, and Benny Goldstein donated $36.00
Mar 6, 2018 12:43 PM
Sharon Spivack donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 5, 2018 9:22 PM
Lori and Matt Fein donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 5, 2018 7:25 PM
Ella, Benjy & Eitan Goldberg donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 5, 2018 2:58 PM
The Fromowitz Family donated $36.00
Mar 5, 2018 6:28 AM
Cantor Alan & Erica Sokoloff donated $50.00
Mar 5, 2018 12:05 AM
Rena left a message
Mar 4, 2018 8:51 PM
We're also rooting for you!! ;)
Rena, Noah, and Livya left a message
Mar 4, 2018 8:50 PM
You're amazing Orlee! We're routing for you!!
Rena and Noah Allen donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2018 8:49 PM
Brooke Guigui donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2018 6:28 PM
Lerhaupt Family donated $18.00
Mar 4, 2018 5:18 PM
Barbara Cohen donated $18.00
Mar 4, 2018 2:29 PM
Ilana Rub donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2018 1:08 PM
Amichai and Kari Margolis donated $36.00
Mar 4, 2018 10:21 AM
Miriam Loren donated $100.00
Mar 4, 2018 10:09 AM
Benay, Rafi and Ben Josselson donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2018 10:08 AM
Jan Armstrong Cobb donated $100.00
Mar 4, 2018 9:22 AM
Rebecca and Mike Humphrey donated $100.00
Mar 4, 2018 9:05 AM
Sue Schwartzman donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2018 8:31 AM
Avi and Elisa Mindlin donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2018 8:12 AM
Orlee Krass donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2018 11:33 PM






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