October 6, 2005
Hope and Faith
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) honored L.A. resident Doron Kochavi, for his participation in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope across America, headed by Lance Armstrong.
Patients in the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA sent off Kochavi with well wishes as he left to join a team of 24 cancer survivors, advocates, caregivers, physicians and researchers selected to ride 3,300 miles from San Diego to Washington, D.C.
The team of avid cyclists began their trip Sept. 29 -- to share their experiences and inspire those they met along the way to learn more about cancer research.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong led the team at the kickoff in San Diego and into Washington, D.C., as well as during other points along the route.
Kochavi's son, Ari, is alive today because of the treatment for a brain tumor he received at CHLA. When asked about the significance of the holidays and what is he reflecting on Kochavi said prior to leaving, "The Jewish holiday is for laymen. It is a message of hope. You hope that the new year will bring all the good you hope for ... health, family, a good life.... This year I will spend the new year on the road. I have the opportunity to send a message of hope across the country. We will be riding everywhere ... there will be no religious boundaries and touch everyone north to south ... rich to poor..... I get the chance to talk to millions of people through television, newspapers, etc. and deliver a message of hope for tomorrow."
For more information, visit www.tourofhope.org.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles will award four new Jewish day school scholarships as a tribute to Mark Lainer, its chair from 2001 through 2004. The Mark Lainer Scholarships will provide assistance during the 2005 academic year to a deserving student with financial need at four local Jewish educational institutions where Lainer has played major leadership roles. These include Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School West and New Community Jewish High School, along with one recipient selected by the Bureau of Jewish Education.
The Foundation announced the scholarships at a gala dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Sept. 22 saluting Lainer's dedication to The Foundation and the community.
"Mark's energy and commitment are exemplary," said foundation President and CEO Marvin I. Schotland. "We're proud to honor him for both his outstanding guidance as immediate past chair of the foundation and for his passionate, dedicated service to the entire community."
A leader in philanthropy and education, Lainer was also founding president of the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School and has played important leadership roles in the Bureau of Jewish Education, The Jewish Federation, University of Judaism, Valley Beth Shalom, United Jewish Communities, Jewish Education Service of North America and The Jewish Journal.