What a week volunteering at Camp Lifeline Away meant to Jamie and Justin Benudiz
By Jamie Benudiz
This week my brother, Justin Benudiz and I (Jamie Benudiz) had the opportunity to be specialty counsellors for Chai Lifeline Canada’s 1st annual sleep away camp, Camp Lifeline Away. We were able to lead and mentor boys aged 8-12 who live with a family that has severe illness.
This past February, we lost our older brother Jesse. In his last year he battled and overcame brain cancer during COVID-19. Throughout his treatment we were by his side and had to adjust our living conditions in order to maintain safety in our household. Each day Jesse turned a negative into a positive. He made chemotherapy look fun! In addition, Jesse was extremely passionate about kids getting the ‘camp experience’ and learning how to swim.
Chai Lifeline Canada is grateful to our friends Camp Shalom for inviting us to make their special place on Lake Muskoka ‘home’ for Camp Lifeline Away. Special thanks to the Stephen and Shelly Arbib Foundation for their generous sponsorship of Camp Lifeline Away.
If hearing about Jamie and Justin’s week at Camp Lifeline Away has inspired you to share your talents and passion with Chai Lifeline Canada as a volunteer, explore the many opportunities available here.