By COLlive reporter
What a beautiful tribute!
Students of Beis Chaya Mushka Junior High in Los Angeles went up to the roof of their school building on Pico Boulevard on Wednesday with a moving intention in mind.
It has been a while since their classmate, 11-year-old Chaya Spalter, has been regularly missing her classes, as she is bravely battling a type of pediatric cancer and going through chemotherapy.
To lift her spirits, Shmueli Newman, a chaplain at the Los Angeles Police Department, arranged for Spalter to be taken on a helicopter ride-along around the city.
“She wanted to fly over her school that she hasn’t been able to attend consistently because of her medical condition,” Newman wrote on Facebook. “I informed the school that we would be flying over them in 15 minutes.”
Newman says that, “We never anticipated what happened once we got there.”
The trip began at the LAPD Hooper Heliport, northeast of the central business district of Los Angeles, and their first sighting was the Dodger Stadium.
“Chaya didn’t feel great while she was waiting,” her mother, Hadassah Spalter told COLlive.com. “But once she was up in the air, she loved it. He made her forget about what she’s going through.”
The LAPD helicopter then continued to her school, where a special and moving sight met their eyes: all the students stood on the roof in the shape of a heart. “I will never forget the smile on Chaya’s face or the tears in the eyes of the pilot and the Tactical Flight Officer,” Newman said.
The trip continued to Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad in Central Los Angeles which is headed by her grandfather, Rabbi Ezra Schochet. Her father, Rabbi Mendy Spalter, is its director. They both went outside to wave to her, as well.
“This was so moving for her,” adds her mother. “People are davening and doing Mitzvos in her merit here and around the world. The power is tremendous and is doing something for her. Please continue to daven for Chaya Mushka bas Haddassa Sheina.”