Recently our 7 year old daughter, Tova, was very ill with a life threatening disease. It came suddenly on a Shabbos afternoon. It was very serious and very scary. B”H now she is doing much better and the worst is, please G-d, behind us.
The reason for this letter is to show our thanks to you, our community, our family and our friends whom we are indebted too. Without everyone’s prayers, thoughts and help we could not have pulled through this hard time.
The response to our daughter’s illness was overwhelming. The amount of Tehillim being said by people who had never even met her or us was amazing. The number of schools in different states and countries thinking of her even those with no association with her, was touching.
We are sure that because of that Tehillim her disease turned out to be less devastating than the doctors originally thought.
Even now there are still meals coming for us daily from friends and friends of friends. People who just heard that a child was in pain and wanted to help in some way. It helped us and her to know how many people were thinking and caring about her.
We cannot express how much gratitude we feel towards everyone who helped out. More specifically we would like to thank a few more people.
Our Doctor, Dr. Teitelbaum, is wonderful. Not only did he tell us the right doctors and hospitals to go too, but he made himself available to us every second of the day, which was really amazing. He even made time to come visit her in the hospital. We also know that his entire staff were available for us if we needed anything.
At one point during her illness we needed information from her chart at 9 pm that was very important to what treatment she could get, and his secretary, Malky Tennenbaum, went into the office to get it for us. We really feel so lucky to be taken care of by such amazing people.
We also could not have been able to spend every second with our daughter if we didn’t know that our other two children were well taken care of. For that we want to thank everyone who helped out in watching our children. Family, and friends who are like family to us who stayed at our house with them, bathed them, dressed them, fed them and understood that it was a traumatic time for them and that they needed extra love.
Some people who cared for them even though they have there own children to care for, and we know that it’s not easy, so thank you all so much for helping us out.
We feel like our words of thanks alone do not even come close to the feelings in our hearts. The amount of love and concern that was felt for us and our daughter by all Jews of all walks of life coming together as a unit like one family.
May we merit to have this kindness and unity in all times of our lives, to share in each others happiness’ as well.
With heartfelt feelings,
Dovid & Dini Sufrin and family
P.S. We wanted to thank everyone by name but they were too numerous to mention.