On Sunday, October 13, 2013 Larger Than Life – L.A. Family will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary. This star studded event will be at the Beverly Hilton and will honor the Children of West Coast Dream Trip.
Larger Than Life works to improve the quality of life of children with cancer, and their families – in Israel, as well as in our local community. The organization treats all sick children alike, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
The Children of West Coast Dream Trip offers 40 children, ages 9-19, the adventure of a lifetime! These wonderful children will stay in California for 12 days and get to experience the wonders of Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Magic Mountain. They will have a chance to go on helicopter rides, board and captain a private yacht, cruise up and down the California coastline in Ferraris and other luxury vehicles, visit the attractions of historical Hollywood, sample various restaurants, attend hockey games and even take photos with celebrities and athletes.
Larger Than Life Helping Children
Larger Than Life works to improve the lives of children by funding social workers who assist families of children with cancer, providing medicine, medical equipment and other supplies that are not always accessible to families. They arrange family trips to keep families united and strong and to help heal the wear and tear that the stress of cancer takes on family relationships. They have helped establish a research laboratory at Tel Hashomer hospital for innovative medications and cancer research to save the lives of children and have funded various programs related to cancer research and care. Larger Than Life has even built a sterile kindergarten for children ages two to five so they can continue their education without the threat of contamination and illness due to their weakened immune systems. The biggest task for them is to fulfill the wishes of the children by taking them to the places they want to see and introducing them to people they want to meet.
The work of Larger Than Life goes beyond basic needs and wishes. There have been numerous miracle stories where children have recovered simply from the joy and positivity the program brings. One such story is of two girls in Israel who journeyed through their illnesses together. When the time came to travel to California one of the girls was denied authorization because her health condition was too poor to travel. The girl was devastated and her friend declined the trip to California to stand by her side. At the last moment a doctor reviewed her health and permitted her to travel given she begin treatment the moment she returned to the Israel. The girls were thrilled and soaked up everything the trip had to offer with such zeal and vigor that upon return to Israel she went into remission and didn’t even need the scheduled treatment. No one could have predicted such an outcome but the love, happiness, and positivity that came from such an amazing trip gave her a second chance at life!
Facing the Devil Head On
One year, Yair Gavrielli, one of the four founders of Larger Than Life, chaperoned the children on a theme park ride. Midway through the ride the roller coaster suddenly stopped and they were stuck high in the air for over twenty minutes. Yair confessed that he was terrified and tried to keep a brave face as the children laughed and joked about their predicament. He couldn’t show them how afraid he was because he wanted to be as strong as they were on a daily basis. “They looked into the eyes of the devil and faced him head on, how could I be so afraid of such a silly thing as being stuck on a ride?” said Yair with a glimmer of such emotion and love in his eyes that one could only hold their breath at the thought of this truth. Children who face cancer are stronger than most and with organizations such as Larger Than Life they have a chance at living their dreams!
Yossi Dina, President of The Dina Collection, has been a contributor to Larger Than Life since its inception and he is dedicated to growing his support and donations for this amazing cause. Last year he contributed in the efforts to raise the one million dollars used to improve the lives of the children, this year his goal is to double that number. 100% of proceeds go to supporting the cause and contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. If you are interesting in supporting this amazing cause please send a check, made payable to Larger than Life, to The Dina Collection located at 249 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; or call Yair at (323) 833-2111 with your credit card donation; or go online to largerthanlifela.com to make your contribution.