WASHINGTON (JTA) — A dozen Israeli children who suffer from cancer were treated to dinner at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and visits to many of the area’s top tourist sites.
The children, as well as a few of their mothers, medical personnel and trip organizers, spent the past few days touring the U.S. Capitol, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the National Mall and several museums.
A visit to FBI headquarters came with a ride in four-wheel drive vehicles along an extreme driving course and a look inside a helicopter, according to Lindsey Singer, director of U.S. media and strategic outreach at the embassy.
The trip was organized by Hakav HaMeached (For the Sake of the Children).
“They need to build up their strength to return to the struggle against their disease with renewed spirit,” said trip organizers Benny Cohen and Yisrael Sheinfeld in a statement. “It is our hope that the trip will instill in them new strength to wrestle with and defeat the horrors of cancer. It’s also a way to let them live and enjoy life like any other normal child."
In addition to Washington, the children visited Niagara Falls and New York City.