A few weeks ago I texted Avi, asking him when he would be available to speak next? His response: I’m in Israel this week.

Immediately, I thought of an idea. I got in touch with Libby. Avi’s in Israel, I wrote. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could meet with him?

Libby loved the idea (obviously) and emailed Avi’s mother immediately asking them if they would like to visit the office. This was Thursday night and Mrs. Newhouse responded that they were leaving Israel on Motzaei Shabbos. Although the office is closed on Friday, Libby was determined to make this happen, so they met in Geula instead.
A few nights later she sent me a message: 

We had a really great meeting, she wrote. And it sounds like Avi had an amazing trip.

I knew I had to find out more about it.

Early the next week, Avi and I get a chance to speak.

“Tell me about your trip,” I say.

“It was incredible,” Avi says. “I went with an organization called Wish at the Wall and it was not just a regular trip…”

Wish at the Wall

“The most amazing part of the trip,” Avi shares, “is that every person on the trip was a kid who has gone through cancer. We were all survivors. It was the most incredible trip ever and I had the most wonderful time.”

Avi continues to explain: “In total, there were 14 cancer survivors, and a parent for each kid on the trip. We stayed together for ten action-packed, fun, and inspiring days. I really benefited from spending time with these amazing people, who understand what it’s like to go through a journey like I did. Ever since I had cancer, there have been so many uncomfortable moments with other people and kids. No matter how much I explain about what I went through, only a person who actually went through cancer can really understand. On this trip, we all felt safe — we knew that we understood each other.

“All cancer survivors have battle scars that will stay with them forever. One kid on that trip was blind, two other kids were hearing impaired, a few kids had issues with their legs, and as you know, I have my own issues to deal with post-cancer. The truth is, a person doesn’t just go through cancer, and then just suddenly finish with it. There are physical and emotional things that just stay with survivors forever. That’s why it was so great to be on this trip with kids that are just like me in so many ways. I learned so much from spending time with these amazing and brave kids. Wish at the Wall gave me memories that will last a lifetime. (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 704)