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My Son’s Battle With Leukemia

University of Chicago Shlucha Baila Brackman writes about what her son Shmulie's battle with leukemia taught her about Pesach. Full Story

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May 3, 2016 8:06 pm

Dear Shmulie remember me? Aharon. I was in your bunk at the chabad on campus kinus a short year ago. Refuah shleima! Your fan in Storrs CT

May 1, 2016 7:52 pm

ive spoken to you soo many times on the phone and every time i ask you how things are going you always say im doing great B’H. Your the happiest kid i know may you have a speedy recovery!

And to the whole Brackman family you are the best what you do for the chabad house and for shmulie is amazing and you are all such happy people! keep being the strong amazing people that you are!

Refuah shelaima
April 25, 2016 3:23 pm

Shmulie keeps inspiring me to take on new hachlatos and to say an extra kapital on a daily basis. To the whole Brackman Family, I wish you only simchos from here on. You guys have so much emunah, its beautiful to see. Hashem should pour down His brachos on you, ad bli dai! I give you a bracha that with this pesach, you should have your geulah protis and most definatly the real geulah, with moshiach now. Please take on a hachlata for Baruch Shmuel ben Nechama Balia.

A fellow Chicagoen and classmate

From B.C. in West Rogers, who spoke with you on phone recently
April 22, 2016 2:40 am

Dearest Baila, I’m the one who spent Shabbos at your parents’
so many times when you were a very little girl.

Again we connect. Your article was beautiful both in content
and writing skill. I send you a hug and pray that we hear only
revealed good news about Shmulie’s progress and speedy,
full, and everlasting remission. Please H”–Moshiach NOW!!!!

estie, mussie, and the brackmans...
April 21, 2016 11:12 pm


Refuah shelaima!
April 21, 2016 9:21 pm

So inspiring

Go Shmulie!!!!!!!!
April 21, 2016 9:04 pm

Refua Shleima!

Refua Shlema
April 21, 2016 7:19 pm

May he have a speedy recovery

sending u a hug Baila...
April 21, 2016 2:11 pm

& wishing your son a big & huge Refua immediately!!!
-Devorah Lipsh, Israel

rephuah shelma
April 21, 2016 12:54 pm

remeber tracht gut vet zien gut

April 21, 2016 11:43 am

What an inspiration. We often get overwhelmed with the pessach preparations, and yes, they are quite detailed and challenging- However it is essential that we prioritize and focus on the larger picture- creating an atmosphere of peace and serenity, strengthening the feelings of joy and happiness in being Jews in being Free to celebrate our eternal customs. Refuah Shleima for Shmueli and for everyone who needs our prayers. And a joyous festival to all singles with prayers that your beshert will soon appear. And all those who are hoping and waiting for a new offspring, may your prayers be answered.… Read more »

shmulie! i never got my cheese burger delivered
April 21, 2016 11:37 am

I love your prank calls!

strongest kid ever!!
April 21, 2016 10:22 am

Shmulie is the best brother ever:)
We love you
His name is boruch shmuel ben nechama baila

April 21, 2016 10:21 am

baruch shmuel ben nechama baila

All of Chicago
April 21, 2016 10:17 am

We are sending brochas and tefillos to the entire Brackman mishpocha!

April 21, 2016 10:04 am

Baila you are a talented writer!Refuah Shlayma and thanks for keeping us focused. Friilichen Pesach.

Yossi Angyalfi
April 21, 2016 9:43 am

Beautiful written article, very inspiring, may we only have besurois toivois to share and refuah shleimah to Shmuli.

Full name
April 21, 2016 9:04 am

Baruch shmuel Ben nechama baila

April 21, 2016 9:01 am


April 21, 2016 8:07 am

Baila you are a talented writer!Refuah Shlayma and thanks for keeping us focused. Friilichen Pesach.

April 21, 2016 7:55 am

Will bl”n have Boruch Shmuel Ben Nechama Beila in mind by birkat cohanim. Here in Ir Hakodesh we do it at least once a day. May the matze from the second seder bring him and all who needs it a refuoh sheleimo ukrovo. However dark it seems, out of עבדים היינו can grow
דוד בן ישי עבדך משיחך ר”ת של עבדים

April 21, 2016 5:59 am

Shmullie is the ultimate example of Tracht Gut!!!, Thank you for giving courage to all those who are facing trying times. May Shmuel ben Baila have a refuah shleima and may all of klal yisroel experience the ultimate refuah. Moshiach Now!!!


Name for Tehilim
April 21, 2016 2:50 am

ברוך שמואל בן נחמה ביילא

Beautiful, beautiful
April 21, 2016 2:38 am

Very touching and inspiring
I will keep your precious child in my prayers

Touching article
April 21, 2016 1:52 am

This is a beautifully written, very meaningful piece. Wishing a refuah shleima to Shmulie and lots of nachas and revealed good for his whole family!

April 21, 2016 1:40 am


Refuah shelaima
April 21, 2016 12:31 am

Good news now!

gooo shmulie!!!!
April 20, 2016 11:46 pm

keep fighting!!!! your the best ever!!!

So empowered
April 20, 2016 11:28 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this…

Thank you!!!
April 20, 2016 11:21 pm

What a special article!!! And what a special son you have. May he have a complete refuah shelaima and you have a Chag Kasher Vesameach!!! Thank you again for sharing.

Parent of child that had the big C
April 20, 2016 11:17 pm

Tracht gut vet zein gut is a way of life…that line helped us get thru our challenging time…

Beautifuly written
April 20, 2016 11:15 pm

Ty reb yossi for this.
Iyh only good news

April 20, 2016 11:09 pm

and refuah shlaimah ukrovah!

April 20, 2016 11:07 pm

Beuatiful article. Shmuly sounds like a gem of a boy. Refuah Sheleimah!

refuah shelaima Now
April 20, 2016 10:27 pm

moshiach now

Go Shmulie!! Please daven
April 20, 2016 10:07 pm

Please daven for a complete refuah shleima for Boruch Shmuel Ben Nechama Beila
Moshiach now!!

Name to daven?
April 20, 2016 9:24 pm

What’s his full name for tefilos?

April 20, 2016 9:24 pm

Wonderful message. Thank you

April 20, 2016 8:35 pm

Exceptionally beautiful!
Davening every day for this amazing kid!!

April 20, 2016 8:15 pm

so inspiring. may he have a complete and speedy refuah sheleima!

May Hashem bless him and his family with all the Brachos
April 20, 2016 8:13 pm

She is so strong and so inspirational as well as her amazing son. All the Brachos.

April 20, 2016 8:02 pm


We love you Shmulie!!!
April 20, 2016 7:48 pm

Keep being the amazing, strong, brave, happy, and incredible hero that you are! You are truly the greatest!
May you have a Refuah Shelaima right away!!

April 20, 2016 7:35 pm

Moshiach now

Refua Shleima
April 20, 2016 7:32 pm

you are an inspiration! we are davenning for a Refua Shleima!!
Besuros Tovos!

Very inspired
April 20, 2016 7:29 pm

This touched me so much. May Shmulie have a speedy and fast recovery and may you know of only simchas.
Thanks for taking the time to write and inspire others.

רפואה שלמה
April 20, 2016 7:06 pm

שלח רפואה שלמה בתוך חולי עמך ישראל
May we all experience the Ultimate Redemption even before Pesach!

April 20, 2016 6:59 pm

whats the name for tihhilim

April 20, 2016 6:57 pm


From Dalya Erster
April 20, 2016 6:57 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this.
So moving and touching,
May Shmulie have a refua sheleima, and his family have abundant blessing now and always,
A good yomtov to all

April 20, 2016 6:35 pm

plz tell us his full name so we can daven for him.

I trully hope
April 20, 2016 6:23 pm

He gets all better fast!!! U should have simchas always

April 20, 2016 6:09 pm

didn’t have a chance to read article yet but wanted to convey my heartfelt wishes to Hashem and Brochos that he have a complete recovery now

Refua Shleima
April 20, 2016 5:57 pm

It’s hard for me to write, my tears keep flowing.I wish you a happy healthy Pesach.May Hashem heal all those who are in pain and suffering.May you have a truly lichtiga yeshudika Pesach.

April 20, 2016 5:51 pm

Thank you so much for sharing and posting.

May your son be blessed with a complete and speedy recovery.

a friend
April 20, 2016 5:39 pm


So inspiring!!
April 20, 2016 5:22 pm

Thank you for Sharing!!

refual shleima!!
April 20, 2016 5:22 pm

may you have goood reason to celebrate Pesach bsimcha

miryam swerdlov
April 20, 2016 4:53 pm

thanks you for putting us all in the ‘right place’ with the ‘right perspective’. please remember to invite me to shmulie’s wedding. i really want to be there IY”H.

Montreal, Quebec
April 20, 2016 4:47 pm

This moved me to tears. May he have a complete refuah bekoruv maamesh. May the Eibishter always smile upon you and your family. Your family are in my prayers now.

April 20, 2016 4:35 pm

A refuah shelema !!!